- David Bowie "MUSICAL STORYLAND" Lyric Book and CD, Illustrated by Jamilla Naji
David Bowie "MUSICAL STORYLAND" Lyric Book and CD, Illustrated by Jamilla Naji
BEAUTIFUL HARDCOVER BOOK AND CD! This is a highly collectible book and CD set of David Bowie's original music. Whimsically illustrated in color by U.S. artist Jamilla Naji, this wonderful volume features ten of Bowie's early songs that revealed his wonderful imagination for characters, themes, and humor.... essentially childlike tunes with rich deeper meaning. Among the songs are rare favorites like "Uncle Arthur," "Love You Till Tuesday," "Maid of Bond Street," "When I Live My Dream," and "Ching-a-Ling." These books are wonderful collectibles as Bowie memorabilia but are also loved as sing-along books, bedtime stories, and early readers for children.
"Strikes the bell for five o'clock / Uncle Arthur closes shop" begins the clipped David Bowie vocals behind a lively tune on the first track of the "Musical Storyland" CD. Bowie's quickly paced ballad of a mama's boy who elopes to marry and soon rues his impulsive decision sets the tone for ten songs that are at once poetic, humorous, tragic, and addicting for all ages. More so than with common children's stories and ditties, Bowie's songs here are lighthearted on the surface but often probe deeply felt adult angst. Give a listen to "When I Live My Dream" and compare it to the classic "Impossible Dream" from "The Man of La Mancha"; "Maid of Bond Street" explores the timeless theme of someone who "has everything" except the one person she truly loves. This is a side of David Bowie you definitely want to know.