'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore - David Bowie

from the album Blackstar (2016)

The opening three seconds of 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore, David Bowie inhales and exhales through his nose over some background tape jabber.  It captivates me more than almost any song introduction I can recall.

How many breaths did Bowie have left during this recording?  In the big picture, too few.

What makes these breaths more fascinating is that he is counting out the meter of the song.  Note that the drums maintain the beat to the breaths throughout the song.

Over this enters the incredible sound of Donnie McCaslin's jazz combo, as it leads into Bowie's vocals, culminating into his trademark falsetto.  It is pure magic.

As I listen, I envision music as smoke, emanating from his nose and enveloping the room, the sound creating a lush cocoon for the listener.

I could stay here forever.

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