There are moments in music when a higher power interferes to create something magical. It doesn’t matter what you believe in; it could be a god, Mother Nature, ju ju, magic, or some other meta-physical influence. One of my friends calls it “The X Factor.” Some songs have it, some albums have it, and some musicians have it more often the not. These are the moments in music when you get the chills, goosebumps, or the hair stands up on the back of your neck. Whatever happens, I know you’ve experienced this phenomenon. I’m going to write about the moments in music when this phenomenon happens to me.
In light of David Bowie’s untimely passing, I’ll focus on a mere few seconds on the album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars” that is pure magic. Those few seconds are between the songs “Ziggy Stardust” and “Suffragette City.” At the end of “Ziggy Stardust,” Mick Ronson plays arpeggios on his guitar that sound bright and hang out there in the ether. The guitar creates almost a dream state; however, your gut knows something is coming right around the corner and it’s not going to be pretty. “Suffragette City” comes at you at 300 m.p.h. and doesn’t relent until the song is over. Those few magical seconds between the two songs make all the difference as to how I hear each song. I never want to hear each song in isolation, ever.