Years ago I interviewed David Bowie for a BBC Radio 1 documentary to celebrate his 50th birthday. I brought with me many messages and questions from other artists who had been influenced by Bowie's work and adore him. After listening to a deeply poetic birthday message I delivered to him from Scott Walker, David was speechless. There were tears in his eyes.
It's one of the most poignant and moving pieces of radio silence ever. It actually lasted about thirty seconds longer in real life, but you were only allowed ten seconds of silence at Radio 1 so we had edit it so that the emergency backup tapes at the BBC Control Room didn't kick in. Finally, Bowie says: "I see God at the window."
Oddly, I was talking about this story on my first ever BBC 6Music Weekend Breakfast show. Two days later, Bowie's phenomenal new single emerged on his 66th birthday and the eve of Walker's 70th. 6Music listener Gary Preston posted a link to this clip on Twitter. It's dusty and old, and you can hear how very young and nervous I am...but it has such a magic about it.
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