David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World

David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

I’ve got to admit, the death of David Bowie has been on my mind a lot this week. More than expected, because I didn’t know him outside of his creative work. Of course, getting older means that you’ve seen too many people pass away… People you know, and people you don’t. I don’t think the passing of any other celebrity or musician has ever bothered me this much.

I read about David Bowie’s passing right before going to bed last Sunday, January 10th. After reading about it, I wasn’t able to get to sleep until after 3am. Strange. The news really bugged me. And then when I finally did get to sleep, I had a short dream that Bowie was visiting with me in my front room and then he walked out my front door. Also strange, but not too surprising. I guess it isn’t all that suprising he’s been on my mind off and on all week either.

It bothers me so much because David Bowie has always been there, releasing fantastic new work. There might’ve been gaps, but he’d always show up again with some creation new to enjoy. A movie, an interview, artwork, a concert and, most especially, new music.

I think I must have been 9 or 10 when Bowie first registered for me. My family was living in Taiwan at that time, and I remember we rented a Christmas special that had David Bowie and Bing Crosby singing Little Drummer Boy. I don’t know why I have such a clear memory of that, but I do.

When I was 12 years old Bowie released his album Let’s Dance, and I bought and listened to that a whole lot. Getting that album had me going through and buying from his older catalog too. Scary Monsters stands out as one I really liked. But I became obsessed with Pin Ups, listening to that record over and over (and over). It wasn’t until later, when I was in High School maybe, that I found Hunky Dory, The Man Who Sold The World, and Diamond Dogs. Those three albums… Wowie-Zowie! Still my favorites! I think Diamond Dogs is among the greatest albums ever recorded. I remember in the mid-90s he released Outside, and that was another CD that I just couldn’t get enough of. Such great music. Then there was Heathen a few years later. Yep, Bowie was always there, releasing new stuff. I’ll miss that.

Of course, Bowie was not just a musician. He was an all-around performer. An actor, performance artist, visual artist, and more. Constantly challenging, redefining and reinventing himself.

Do you remember BowieNet? I used to go there all the time in the late 90’s for inspiration… In addition to David Bowie, there were some really great visual artists and musicians being showcased on BowieNet back then.

Kind of dumb memories, but I guess I’ll still share them. Why not? Back in 1997 I got my very first personal computer and printer. My very own. One of the first things I did with that was print out the artwork from The Man Who Sold The World (shown at the top of this post) as a heat transfer and put that on a t-shirt. I loved that t-shirt! Bowie’s Panic In Detroit was also the very first, and only, ring tone that I customized and added to my cell phone. I didn’t keep it for very long though because I was always bummed that I couldn’t listen to the whole song and had to answer my phone.

I remember watching David Bowie in concert on the boob-tube back in 2003 or 04 and being so impressed by his performance. Then there was this long silence. I missed him. I read that he’d had a heart attack… I missed him, but still had his music.

Now we have Blackstar, Bowie’s final gift. I know I’ll miss knowing he is out there, making new music, creating new things… but I appreciate the music and creativity he’s shared with (and inspired in) me already.

R.I.P. David Bowie

Fare Thee Well (Part 2)

"Fare Thee Well, Chicago 2015" - by Andrew Jones

“Fare Thee Well, Chicago 2015” – by Andrew Jones

I thought I’d do a follow-up post featuring Android Jones‘ second picture commemorating these very last Grateful Dead shows in Chicago. I like this artwork too, and you can also purchase this as a limited edition print on Jones’ website (it looks like last weeks prints may have sold out):

Fare thee well. Thanks again to the Grateful Dead for all the fine music over the years!

Fare Thee Well


It was the summer between 8th and 9th grade that I bought my first Grateful Dead cassette tape, Wake of the Flood. I guess that would have been in 1985. My old friend, Ben Schmidt, had been sharing some of his records with me around that time too and I was starting to become a bit of a Deadhead. On that first cassette I remember there was a sticker saying “20 Years So Far”. It’s very hard for me to believe I bought that over 30 years ago, and now the Grateful Dead are turning 50 this summer.

Since then, I’ve owned and listened to more Grateful Dead music than I care to admit. I probably listened to them pretty much exclusively (with a little Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath sprinkled in there from time to time. Oh, and Jimi too. Jimi Hendrix was and is still a constant musical companion) up until I discovered Jane’s Addiction. Ha! I guess I was a classic rock geek for a long time there. I saw my first Grateful Dead show out in Colorado at 19 years old… And my last show in 1995, although I don’t remember for sure if that last show was in Las Vegas or Salt Lake (the concerts both took place pretty close to each other). In between that first and last show I probably saw them some 30+ times…

Thinking about all this makes me both sad and very happy at the same time. Sorta sad thinking on how fast time goes by, but happy as hell thinking about great memories, good times, and such fantastic music.


I don’t know all of the details, and haven’t seen the footage yet, but from what I understand an artist I’ve sort of followed for close to 15 years helped put together some of the artwork and multimedia that was used during the Fare Thee Well 50th Anniversary concert last night (6/27/15). I guess it was projected behind the stage as the band performed.

Andrew (Android) Jones has kind of made a name for himself over the years with his “live” performance painting (among other things). He’s made artwork for a number of different musicians that gets projected and incorporated. I look forward to seeing what he painted for the Grateful Dead during their show. So cool! It’s been great to watch Jones’ success over the years.

Android also made the artwork at the top of this post to celebrate these farewell/anniversary Grateful Dead shows. If you like the artwork at the top of this post, you can buy it from Android’s website by clicking the link below.


Brokedown Palace
by the Grateful Dead

Fare you well my honey
Fare you well my only true one
All the birds that were singing
Have flown except you alone

Going to leave this broke-down palace
On my hands and my knees I will roll roll roll
Make myself a bed by the waterside
In my time, in my time, I will roll roll roll

In a bed, in a bed
By the waterside I will lay my head
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul

River gonna take me
Sing me sweet and sleepy
Sing me sweet and sleepy
All the way back back home
It’s a far gone lullaby
Sung many years ago
Mama, mama, many worlds I’ve known
Since I first left home

Going home, going home
By the waterside I will rest my bones
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul

Going to plant a weeping willow
On the banks green edge it will grow grow grow
Sing a lullaby beside the water
Lovers come and go, the river roll roll roll

Fare you well, fare you well
I love you more than words can tell
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul

Under African Skies


It’s hard to believe that Paul Simon released his album “Graceland” over 25 years ago. Crazy, but true… That album has and will always be one of my favorites, just like Paul Simon will always be one of my favorite musicians.

I saw that there was a documentary called ‘Under African Skies” coming out about the making of the album a while back, and have looked for it off and on since. I’ve wanted to buy it on Amazon, iTunes and tried to find it on NetFlix. Not available (Well, I guess Amazon had this on BluRay, but I don’t have a BluRay player. If I can’t stream, I guess I don’t watch). Then this last week I saw it was on Hulu Plus. Well, I’ve never had a Hulu account, but I wanted to see the documentary and signed up.

I enjoyed the documentary and thought I’d post about it here. People who were around when that album came out probably remember the controversy that surrounded it. Back then, South Africa was in Apartheid hell, and there were all sorts of boycotts against that nation. One of those boycotts included Artists Against Apartheid, which strongly discouraged musicians from visiting, recording, or touring with South African musicians. Paul Simon seemed to think that it would be more productive to go to South Africa and record his new album “Graceland” in a South African Studio with South African musicians. Then he went on tour with those musicians in support of that album. I can see both sides of the controversy, Apartheid was an incredibly ugly thing, but I personally am glad Paul Simon chose to do what he thought was right. “Graceland” is a gem! And if you like the album, I’d definitely recommend you watch this documentary too. | preview | watch


SLC White Party: A Night at the Moulin Blanc – Utah Arts Alliance


Poster Design by Todd Powelson

The SLC White Party, hosted by the Utah Arts Alliance, will be an evening to remember. Here is a description of what all is planned:

The 12th Annual White Party is this month! What is the White Party? Think all WHITE dress code: tuxedos, top hats, ball gowns, and all sorts of fun costumes. What can YOU do with white? This year’s theme is Moulin Blanc. We are channeling Parisian bohemian performance and style this year such as Moulin Rouge in its heyday! This is one of the most anticipated events for those in the know in Salt Lake City for 12 years running. Enjoy live performances, live music, cabaret, dancing, drinks, art, and much more. $30.00 at the door, ($21.00 pre-sale)—all proceeds benefit Utah Arts Alliance programs.

SLC Arts Hub
663 west 100 south, SLC, UT
January 26th, Doors open at 9pm (21+ event) | Event
Ticket info:

Check it out, I also did the poster illustration and design for this year’s event, shown at the top of this post. Fun fun!

“Dag” Gentry Is Back on

Our friend Daniel “Dag” Gentry is heading back to Originally formed back in 2008, the station has gone through a few different headquarters and a number of shake-ups over the years. Dag left about a year and a half ago, but the truth is, I’ve always known him to be passionate about broadcasting, UtahFM, and the local music and art community. It is great to see him back at the station!

Dag’s first show back will be this Thursday, September 6th from 3 to 6 p.m. He has a number of guests scheduled to appear on the show, including Salt Lake Film Festival director Scott Whiticker,  Music Makes Music coming into the studio a little later month, and more guests lining up all the time. Dag’s guests and the music he plays are sure to keep you listening, so be sure to check out his show.

Rebirth | The times, they are a-changin’

It hit me last Sunday. I told my friend Melissa that I had a dream about the first day of school. To get to class, I had to enter a building in New York City, wind through miles of corridors and  finally squeeze through a tiny doorway into Boston. Passing through that doorway was the only way to access my university, which happened to technically lie within the borders of the state where Mitt Romney is governor. Melissa said, “Freud would say the dream represents your rebirth.”

After watching the times change in the journalism industry, I decided two years ago to work toward returning to school. After all these years of using arithmetic only to add and subtract simple budgets, scoring well enough in the GRE’s math portion took a lot of preparation, as well as the help of a great tutor. Todd pushed me along, pointing out that “it makes no sense to wait until your 60s to finally get your Ph.D.” I’m returning to the path I started on in college: health care. Specifically, I’m going to study mental health, become a licensed therapist and later work toward a Ph.D. in psychology.

For now, Todd will serve as editor of I hope that Jessica Klemm will continue to contribute excellent, well-written articles. And I will pop in between classes. Right now, balancing a master’s program in psychological counseling at Westminster College with part-time work in PR, as well as doing my best to run my household and beloved belly dance troupe seems like plenty.

So I’ll leave you with this thought: “Come mothers and fathers throughout the land, and don’t criticize what you can’t understand, your sons and your daughters are beyond your command. Your old road is rapidly agin’. Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand, for the times, they are a-changin.”