I wasn't going to include Bowie in my "Loved Ones" group... it seemed too cheap. I was very much into "Low" back in the days of mixed tapes in my Montréal bachelorette pad circa the late 80's, but that was the only Bowie album I ever owned. I don't feel I can call myself a major fan... to me he was just always there like the Stones or Led Zeppelin. Yes, I knew all the songs, but out of some kind of generational osmosis more than from pursuing him at all. It was actually a clip someone posted on facebook recently that had nothing to do with music and everything to do with how funny he was that made me decide to paint him. I was reminded that he was great- not only as a musician but also as a personality.
I started listening to "Low" on youtube at some point while painting him- I probably hadn't heard it in 25 years. I thoroughly enjoyed it... listened to it three times in a row. The second half is all moody instrumentals; the first half all (if you ask me) great, interesting songs. It might be that I listened to it so much back in the day that it became part of me, but I did read today that "Low" is on several noted "best albums of all time" lists. Apparently Bowie was attempting to break a nasty cocaine habit at the time... he may have been feeling a little low.