Mike Garson on David Bowie


My deepest condolences are with David’s family – Iman, Lexi and Duncan. The music we shared through the years is eternal and so is David and another beautiful spiritual phase awaits David. My love to you all.

The best way to express my sorrow is through music. This song, “A Tribute to David,” is very important to me. I recorded it in 2011 for my Bowie Variations album and haven’t performed it since. While the whole album was variations on David’s music, this one meant the most to me because I wrote it for him. It’s how I felt about David in musical terms. Though there’s no doubt I have more music for David coming, this is what I have to offer this morning. Please feel free to share this with others and respond with your memories, thoughts and feelings.

I really enjoyed playing this song with David as I felt it to be a very deep song and a cry for help. I hope he gets many of his questions answered now. Love, Mike.

I was lucky enough and so proud to have been able to perform with David in his first live American performance as well as what I now realize was his last public American performance. Here’s a video from that final performance…

David and I took a trip to New York on a day off of the Outside tour to play this song at a fundraising event at the Manhattan Center in 1995. There were so many great performances throughout the evening but David just tore the house down with this most riveting performance of “My Death.” If this isn’t simplicity and spellbinding at the same time than I don’t know what is. No one ever performed this great work by Jacque Brel better than David. I must have performed this with him in many different scenarios more than fifty times – but this one just floors me.

I’ll post more as the days move on. Please share this with yours and comment with your thoughts and memories.

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