Tuesday, January 12, 2016
David Bowie and the Lighthouse of the Different
It was amazing to see so many people all over the world saying the same thing yesterday.
Oh no. I didn't even know he was ill. Not the soundtrack of my life.
Not Ziggy Stardust.
Not David Bowie.
David Bowie, the iconic and shape-shifting musician, actor and performer who profoundly shaped popular culture and fashion in a career spanning five decades, has died after an 18-month cancer battle.
And what a shock it was, just three days after releasing his new album, which turned out to be his last.
He was such a great artist, he influenced so many others.
He was so creative, so brave, so colourfully enigmatic.
He spanned the generations...
He wasn't the soundtrack of my life, but when I needed him he was there for me.
Like the time when as a young teenager I discovered that I would have to fight for the right to be myself.
When Bowie was for me, as he was for so man others, a lighthouse for the different.
And I would pound or kick a punching bag with this song banging in my ears...
And later when those battles were behind me, in the dark years of the Harper regime, I would strum my guitar and sing this song to cheer me up, and inspire me.
In the belief that if we got our act together, we could defeat the tyrant.
And we could all be heroes...
Woo hoo !! Woo hoo !!
And tonight I'm humming that song for these heroes.
At least three trucks bringing food and medicine to the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, near the Lebanese border, have entered the town. The humanitarian aid is part of a large-scale UN-supported aid operation in the war-ravaged country.
And David Bowie is still inspiring me.
Still helping me dream of a better future.
Move over you dull boring stars.
There's a new Starman out there, shining brightly in the heavens...
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