Its been a while and I do apologize for the lack of content. It seems the only thing I have been updated semi-regularly is the photos page. But, to give you a synopsis on whats going on with me, I was just in North Carolina visiting family. North Carolina blew me away in the way that it was a thriving area and seemed fairly welcoming. It is perhaps the move and I’m fairly excited. I’ve also been a big Duke basketball fan since the Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy, Jr. days and it would be so dope to be close to that university.
But tonight, I’d like to talk about a musician who I’ve found fairly interesting, and thats the late great David Bowie. I feel like a plum fool for getting into Bowie’s music so late. I believe my introduction to David Bowie was a few months after he passed. I became curious about his last album Blackstar. I think I became curious because people said he was prophesying his death, but in reality he knew he was dying from cancer when he was recording the album. I downloaded and gave it a listen and I was blown away. It was filled with such a gripping, emotional sound. It was very obvious this album was him coming to grips with his own mortality. The lyrics below are from the song Lazarus.
“Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now”
He made his diagnosis his own and didn’t let the public know, that was his drama and no one could take that from him. I guess Drama in this sense is a double entendre. As in his cancer was his own internal conflict that he dealt with and drama in the sense in theatrics, in the sense he is allowing people to see how he dealt with is own death through music. Maybe I’m completely overthinking this concept but I like this train of thought.
After this, I somewhat fell out of touch with Bowie. For some reason I didn’t dig any deeper and I guess I wasn’t in the mood the to dig any deeper. But then, as I seem to always bring up in every single blog, Twin Peaks happened. Bowie came pacing into Agent Gordon Cole’s office as the missing FBI agent Philip Jeffries. After this I became interested all over again.
“Hell, God, Baby, Damn No!”
I began to try and figure out what was a starting point to listen to Bowie. I did a google search and found that The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was considered his best album and thats where I began and needless to say its become one of my favorite albums I’ve ever heard. It takes you on an inspiring journey that starts out with Five Years.
“We’ve got five years, stuck on my eyes
Five years, what a surprise
We’ve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, that’s all we’ve got”
This song just makes me feel so full optimism. So many good things could happen in five years. I feel like I identify with this song so much because upon another listen he makes it seem like the world is going to end in five years, but at the same time he makes it sound like so many great things could actually happen in those five years. Another great song off this album is Starman. I’m of the ilk where I legitimately thing he may have spoke to some otherworldly being who wanted to introduce something to the human so great that it would literally blow peoples minds. But the being is rather courteous because he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. I don’t know really but its such an awesome song.
Next Album I took a nose dive into is Hunky Dory which starts off with one of his greatest hits, “Changes.” And there is a lyric that sticks out and its so relevant now because so many people are discounting anything young people have to say.
“And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through”
When I first heard this my jaw dropped. Its so relevant now as it was when it came out. I believe its in reference to the Vietnam War, but its applies today to the March for Our Lives movement and the Parkland teens fight for common sense gun control. But on this album you can tell Bowie is down to try and go for different sounds especially on his songs “Andy Warhol” and “The Belway Brothers.”
I’m deep diving even further with his albums Station to Station (which he supposedly said he doesn’t even remember making) and Aladdin Sane. I admire David Bowie because he was going against social norms in a much more conservative time and was experimenting with music and with himself. He lived the life he wanted to live and I really doubt he had many if any regrets.
I’d write more but its late and I’m tired. Thank you David Bowie.