So all the news today is about David Bowie releasing a single from his forthcoming album. OK, he hasn't released a new song for 10 years, and some stuff about the EU took the headlines, but interesting how a pop star making a record should occupy so many pages in the quality newspapers.
I was listening to the Today programme on Radio 4 at 7am yesterday when they announced the Bowie song in their news round-up. The song was only released at 5am, so Today, the premier radio news programme, unusually had something of a pop scoop. And I heard it! That's pretty early on too, eh. And here it is, in case you haven't heard it yet.
I wasn't sure about it when I first heard it. I like Bowie's rhythms and backing music, as much as his words and of course his voice, and i thought this song too slow and lyrical. But, after a few hearings, I really like it - very much of his Berlin period, which I loved. You can even hear some Heroes chords in there.
I can't find them online to quote them accurately for you, but I was very surprised to hear senior executives and politicos interviewed on Today about the single and listening to them describing it in terms more commonly used in the opera house or National Gallery. Well, shows how important it/he is I suppose.
I met him once. I had the sort of list of questions we all have ready when we bump into famous people - 'how did your love affair with Japan blossom after starring in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence?', 'Do you wait for inspiration to come or do you have to sit and work at your art?', 'Any chance of you lending me a million quid or so?', that sort of thing. But I just stared, while he quizzed me, and hardly managed to get a couple of words out. Pathetic. But, wow, what a presence! I have the new album on my wish list already.