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David Bowie Was an Oddity

Today, David Bowie passed away after an eighteen month battle with cancer. It was completely unexpected. No one knew he was sick. He even released an album just a few days ago. I can’t say I was a fan of his, but he’s the kind of person that can affect or influence pretty much anyone in some way.

When I was a kid, and I saw him on TV, there was some kind of attraction to his showmanship. He was strange. He was an oddity. And the fact that many of his songs had something to do with space just made him even more of an attractive singer and musician. I loved space, and he was just one really weird person who kept appearing on TV. I may have only been around five, six, or seven years old, but whenever I was asked who my favourite singer was, I’d say David Bowie. Not because I liked his music, but because he was weird.

And now he is gone. Many people I know were taken by complete surprise. He had this image that was immortal. He wasn’t supposed to die. He’s supposed to live forever. Of course, that’s not possible, but he just gave off that feeling.

I thought this song of his was kind of appropriate for today.

Goodbye, Starman. You were a space oddity.

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Retired Canadian Astronaut Sings the Most Canadian Song

Former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s brother Dave wrote a song titled “In Canada.”  It’s very Canadian. So very very Canadian. Chris and his brother played and sang the song, and Chris posted the music video to his YouTube channel.  Watch and listen.

Isn’t that incredibly Canadian?

I like Chris Hadfield. He was the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, he’s done several EVAs, and has probably become the most popular Canadian astronaut (Marc Garneau was the first, though, and he became a Member of Parliament, as well as ran for Liberal Party leadership, and led the Canadian Space Agency, so he could arguably be the most well-known). Hadfield also wrote a couple books related to his astronaut career. I’d love to read both of them.

So, what did you think of the song?