Oddity by Maire Martin


April 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
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Caveat: Chart is complete but instructions are not. (I’m still working on my own knit prototype!). I’m still working out the bugs and very happy to take feedback.

“Let’s Dance” and “Little China Girl” were the first David Bowie songs that I remember hearing on the radio. I think that speaks more to the musical tastes of my parents than my own, because previous to that point in time, I wasn’t old enough to have the privilege of changing the station (they weren’t into glam). As I grew up, I learned about “Space Oddity”, “Life on Mars”, “Golden Years” and others.

What always struck me was that Bowie was constantly evolving. When I was a youngster first watching Much Music, aka MTV for Canadians, he was a New-Wave idol with a retro hairstyle and impeccably tailored outfits. You could cut yourself on the pleats of his trousers. By the time I was listening to industrial music, he was teaming up with Trent Reznor on brilliant tracks such as “I’m Afraid of Americans”.

His death pulled a little bit of magic out of our lives. The Goblin King, the narrator of the saga of Major Tom was gone at age 69 - two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar.

These mittens are my tribute to a great man who worked hard to broaden not only our perceptions about music, but also about ourselves.