Written By: Mandi Lauren Nowitz
Just because an artist passes away does not mean that is the last we have heard of them. Their popularity soars and a new generation of fans emerge and I have a feeling that this is exactly what will happen now that new music has been released from the late David Bowie. Bowie, who would have been 70 on January 6th, passed away January 10th, 2016 and the world mourned an iconic artist whom they did not even know would be taken so fast, or even at all. Ziggy Stardust was no more and “Let’s Dance” was just a track that artists would be covering in concerts as a tribute to a man who heavily influenced the history of music as we know it. Then, out of nowhere, “No Plan” was released, an EP of four songs from Bowie and it was as if he was still alive with us.
The final four songs were recorded during the time that Bowie’s last album “Blackstar” was recorded and was meant for “Lazarus,” which was to appear on Broadway. Now, it will live on as one of eight of Bowie’s EP’s in his career. “When I Met You” is pure Bowie but in an eerie way as it is truly like the ghost of the rock star is singing to his fans, his voice breathless but deep and the music like an opera. “You knew just everything. But nothing at all. Now the moon is dark. Feels like pain again. You could feel my breath. You opened my eyes. For I could not see. When I met you.” Foreshadowing his death? I think so.
Then, there is “No Plan,” which needs no introduction. “Here, there’s no music here. I’m lost in streams of sound. Here, am I nowhere now? No plan.” That’s pretty much the mantra of my life when I feel like I am just lost and cannot get myself together. “No Plan” is a Bowie gem as it is such a throwback to the seventies with a dark feeling. Fan or not, you need this in your life; the one thing you should plan on is “No Plan.”