When I was six years old, my mom popped a VHS Tape into our VCR. Before it started, she told me that it was one of her favorite movies when she was young. I was excited to see what it could be…
It was Labyrinth! I was hooked. Fairies, goblins, wishes, dreams, magic… It was a fantasy world that I could get lost in. But there was more than just that. One of my most memorable experiences with the movie was my reaction to David Bowie aka Jareth the Goblin King. When he first stepped on screen, it set my little 6 year old heart aflutter. I loved everything about him; his mismatched pupils, his unique voice, his snarkiness, and all the glitter. I watched Labyrinth about three or four times a month for years; not just because it was an amazing movie, but because I loved The Goblin King. I wanted to be Sarah. I was convinced that if I were in her place, I would have accepted Jareth’s offer to stay in the Labyrinth with him. (Now that I’m older, I can see just how messed up that was… but I still love the movie anyway!)
Flash forward eleven years, to when I’m 17 years old. I still watch Labyrinth occasionally, but only once a year instead of every month. I’ve recently discovered Spotify though, and explore David Bowie’s music. I decided it was time to disconnect him from Jareth, and get to know who he really is. I remember falling in love with his Ziggy Stardust album, and listened to it on repeat on Spotify. A couple years later, I bought a record player and purchased several vinyls.. Those played nonstop for a while.
Flash forward again… January of this year, Bowie passed. I remember seeing it in the news, and feeling like somebody had punched me in the stomach. I walked around in a stupor, and tried not to cry. I felt silly; I didn’t know him personally so why was I grieving like this? I wanted to put on a record and watch Labyrinth, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. The thought of it was just too painful. I realize I sound melodramatic, but this was how big of an effect he had on my life.
Now it’s November and I still hadn’t listened to his music. I went on to Blogging for Books, and saw that one of the books I could get to review was David Bowie: Retrospective and Coloring Book. I got a twinge of sadness, but I knew I was ready for this. I selected it, and waited for it to come in the mail. When it arrived a week later, I opened it reverently.
I’ve read through it a couple times. The book itself isn’t astounding; it has some facts about Bowie, accompanied by pictures to color in. There are no secrets revealed, no in depth biography. Yet, it was the perfect piece of memorabilia for a Bowie fan. There was even a page on Labyrinth.
I’m going to keep this in my bookcase for years to come. I’m coloring the pages slowly, as I want to savor the experience.
Are you a Bowie fan? Let me know in the comments. 🙂