Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: David Bowie – Changes (and the changes he tried to get MTV to make)

17 Jan

David Bowie

David Bowie

The world lost one of its artistic stars this past week, David Bowie.

I wasn’t honed in on David Bowie when I was a teen because I was so into listening to funk and soul and R & B, but he was in my periphery and I always thought what he was doing was cool.  I wish I could say I was literate in Ziggy Stardust and all of the phases of artistic growth and change that David Bowie morphed into, but alas I was not hip to it. A college friend I had who was really into punk rock and the emerging new wave scene was a big fan, and she introduced more of his work to me.  Of course, when he became more mainstream and his sound more obviously influenced by soul and R & B, I became even more familiar with his work, and connected easily with his crossover hit, Just Dance.

So, while I don’t have the pedigree to declare myself a diehard fan fully in touch with Bowie’s entire catalog of work or person-hood, I admired him as an artist; a visionary, and for his attention to showing how artists of color didn’t have the voice or inclusion in the industry, in particular, in the emerging music video scene on MTV.  Watch this clip, and then enjoy a Bowie classic, Changes.


David Bowie, Changes





7 Responses to “Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: David Bowie – Changes (and the changes he tried to get MTV to make)”

  1. Vickie January 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

    So glad you dug up that interview. I had never seen it before. Just adding it to my list of why I adore him!

    • Wendy Jane January 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

      Hi Vickie,

      Yes–it started circulating on Facebook, and I thought it was great, too. Made Mark Goodman look like a corporate sellout, highly unaware dude. Thanks for checking it out!


  2. Sherry Gordon January 18, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    Dear Wendy Jane,

    Hi, there, Wendy Jane my For Always so, so very dearly special and so, so very joyfully dearly precious friend and sister who you are For Always so, so very much!!!!!!! A Very Happy, Nice, Special, and Blessed Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observed Birthday today to you and to very especially you, sister, and to Leni and Darla and to all of yours, sisterfriend!!!!!!!! Wow, I am just so, so very thrilled and overjoyed that I can finally respond to your very cool and beautiful blog post article, my so very dearest friend! I so, so very much love and like this powerful interview with our David Bowie in it! Wow, does he do a very empowering job challenging Mark Goodman and our David Bowie here is so right on, on point, and very pertinent here! Wow, I am just amazed by our David Bowie here and this remarkable video, sister-thank-you so, so much, sister, for featuring this with your magnificent blog post article!!!!!! I am so saddened to learn that our David Bowie has died and at such a too, too young age, Wendy Jane!!!!!!! I am also so very sad to learn that he died of a terminal illness-I know that he must have suffered and that this couldn’t have been easy, my friend!!!!!!!

    I’m not very knowledgeable about our David Bowie either, sisterfriend, but I so love a lot of his songs! I love how he was gay and how he presented himself with all of his flamboyance, and I so, so very much love and like his openness, his boldness, his fantastic, fabulous, and fantabulous artistry, demeanor, and presentation, sister! The lighting and outfits are just so very cool, sharp, and sparkling here, Wendy Jane! Changes is just such a great song and he does so well with his great singing and his musical delivery of this, my friend! Thank-you so, so much for featuring this cool song of his, Wendy Jane! What a progressive man as he boldly attempted to get Mark Goodman and MTV to make changes in having more black representation with their music videos! The saxophone playing at the end of the video, sister, was just so smooth, sister!!!!! Wow, I love these videos which you have very graciously and generously featured, sister, and I love this astounding blog post article of yours, sisterfriend!!!!!!! Yay sister yay sisterfriend yay my friend Wendy Jane yay!!!!!!! Yay and yay and yay and yay!!!!!!!!

    Sister, please have a mighty fine and a marvelous Monday on this great observance of our Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 87th birthday, a wondrously wonderful week and weekend coming up, and may all of your days be so, so very especially blessed, Wendy Jane!!!!!! Wow, sister, you are my very, very joy and blessings, sisterfriend, and your so very cool blog post articles and other writings are just such a sheer joy and pleasure to me and such greatly immense reading pleasure, Wendy Jane!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!! Thank-you so!!!!!!!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always my so, so very For Always dearly special white friend and sister, Wendy Jane, with Peace and Love To You For Always, my so, so very precious sister, and with Blessings and Even More Blessings To You For Always, my so, so very dearest friend,

    Your sisterfriend lesbian black woman in the spirit and solidarity For Always, Sherry Gordon

    • Wendy Jane January 18, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

      Hi Sherry,

      Thank you–I’m so glad you enjoyed the post on David Bowie. Thank you for your good wishes as we all honor and celebrate MLK Day today. I hope that you spent this day in just the way you wanted, knowing that you hold the work and mission of Dr. King, close to your heart.

      Thank you again for all of your support!

      Wendy Jane

  3. Elissa January 21, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Hey I just nominated you for a blogger award because I love reading your blog and of course you have encouraged and supported me to start a blog. Check out the info here http://gingerfunksblog.com/2016/01/21/blogger-award/

    • Wendy Jane January 23, 2016 at 10:18 pm #

      Hi Elissa! Wow, well I’m so honored and flattered. Thank you so much! I will go check this out. Thank you, again!


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