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When news of the death of one of the world’s most iconic rock stars surfaced early this year, I could hardly believe it. Today, months later, I still feel Bowie’s presence whenever I hear one of his songs. I can’t help but stop and reminisce within the fond memories his songs and voice have woven into my life. Hearing Bowie’s voice I feel loss and joy simultaneously. Amongst all his famously popular and cherished songs, I find “Heroes” to be one of David Bowie’s greatest songs ever.

My Favorite Song by David Bowie

As one of Bowie’s signature songs, “Heroes” was featured on the album of the same name which enjoyed a positive critical reception despite lackluster movement on the charts when it was released in October 1977. The song, which was recorded with Tony Visconti and Brian Eno of Roxy Music in Berlin, was released as the second installment of Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy.”

“”Heroes”” has received numerous accolades since its release, as seen with its inclusion on lists ranking the ‘greatest songs of all time’ compiled by the music publications; Rolling Stone named the song the 46th greatest ever, whilst NME named it the 5th greatest.Wikipedia

For me, the song is one of the greatest examples of lyrical mastery of the art rock movement. Apart from the fact that the song is lyrically endowed with soul touching words, I have always been moved by the imagery of the two lovers portrayed in the song. I am always moved by the way he describes how they are living their entire lifetime in one moment and embracing each other against the world.

Despite its age, this song will forever remain a timeless romance. The relentless, rumbling sound of the four-chord guitar riff was remarkably “grand and heroic.” Now so, more than ever, I always feel a chill run through my veins when I hear this song. The lyrics, “Oh we can be heroes, just for one day” always speaks to me. Of course, I known the song for years, but I cannot just get tired of listening to it.

David Bowie’s “Heroes”

David Bowie’s “Heroes” is no doubt a remarkable song. From it, I have learnt to enjoy the little things around me and live every moment to the fullest. Savoring the moment as if could all fade away like the stars of the night.

As a child, I had always been concerned about how my future turnout. I would lie awake throughout the whole night fantasizing. Sometimes, I became very disturbed about my future… especially when it comes to who I will spend the rest of my life with; where I would live; what kind of job I would have, and so on.

Soon, I became overly engrossed in planning for my future, forgeting live in the moment. I ended up missing out on many fun and iconic events happening around me. However, when I first heard Bowie’s “Heroes,” on a mixtape I was listening to on my Sony Walkman,  I was captivated by Bowie’s voice and listened to the lyrics. I was able to understand the song’s deep meanings. Bowie’s mesmerizing performance opened my eyes. It was then that I was able to recognize the unnecessary stress I was putting myself through and finally I felt a great liberation.