Nearly a decade after his last song, famed singer-songwriter David Bowie released a new track today, coinciding with his 66th birthday. “Where Are We Now?” is an elegant ballad, led by strings and piano, and produced by Tony Visconti. It arrives with a new video featuring footage of Bowie from his time in 1970s Berlin. Bowie’s head is superimposed on a double-headed teddy, as he sings while sitting in an artist’s studio, the imagery gliding past behind him on a screen. Bowie’s official new website explains that the song is track five on a 14-song upcoming March 12 release called “The Next Day”, his first record since 2003’s “Reality”. This album comes at a wonderful time for me, having just finished reading the biography, “Starman”, written by writer Paul Trynka. The lyrics to the new track are elegiac and elemental, weaving the names of a Berlin checkpoint, the well-known city store Kaufhaus des Westens, the city square, and a major hotel (the Nurnberger Strasse) together like a tapestry of memory, reflecting on mortality: “Had to get the train / From Potzdamer Platz / You never knew that / That I could do that / Just walking the dead / Sitting in the Dschungel / On Nurnberger Strasse / A man lost in time / Near Kadewe / Just walking the dead / Where are we now? / Where are we now? / The moment you know, you know, you know / Twenty-thousand people / Cross Bose Brucke / Fingers are crossed, just in case / Walking the dead / Where are we now? / Where are we now? / The moment you know, you know, you know / As long as there’s sun / As long as there’s sun / As long as there’s rain / As long as there’s rain / As long as there’s fire / As long as there’s fire / As long as there’s me / As long as there’s you.” The songs listed on the album are as follows: 1. The Next Day, 2. Dirty Boys, 3. The Stars (Are Out Tonight), 4. Love is Lost, 5. Where Are We Now?, 6. Valentine’s Day, 7. If You Can See Me, 8. I’d Rather Be High, 9. Boss of Me, 10. Dancing Out in Space, 11. How Does the Grass Grow?, 12. (You Will) Set the World on Fire, 13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die, 14. Heat; Bonus tracks: 15. So She, 16. I’ll Take You There, 17. Plan. — David D. Robbins Jr.