Anguish and awe. Every time.
Maybe I’d had a little to drink when I wrote this post. But, oh boy, those feels.
I know there are a lot of things, people, events that are deserving of ongoing attention. But I really hope David Bowie is amongst them. That he died and yet he lives (Laura-Palmer style?). That well beyond my lifetime people still have this sense of this person, this concept, of David Bowie.
I haven’t written anything on here until now about Bowie’s death and the shocking, surprised grief that I felt.
I got the news via a notification on my phone. I was working back late and had been listening to a podcast while I did a mountain of scanning. I was leaving the photocopy room when the notification from the New York Times app popped up. I think I said something out loud. Maybe an exclamation like ‘What?!’ or ‘No way!’. I stepped out into corridor – which turned on the movement activated lights – and saw water dripping down through one of the light fittings. It was a small thing, to see water dripping down from the floor above (where it turned out there was quite a lot of flooding due to some kind of fault or breakage), but it underscored that feeling of ‘What on Earth is going on??’ that I felt in response to the notification. Continue reading
‘With an air of bemused contempt, getting lost in his mad pantomime, Bowie contorted himself, moving in exaggerated, jerky gestures; he acted as if the audience didn’t exist, that he was playing to a mirror, then he would suddenly acknowledge the crowd with leers and half-smiles.’
‘But David Bowie wasn’t a celebrity. Seeing him wasn’t about fame. It was about magic. Or the future. It was about testing the limits of reality; determining what a human life was allowed to be.’
‘There was always a new version of Bowie to like, just as you were asked to discard the old one. He could be handed down, mother to daughter, like an heirloom, and kept for the rest of your life.’
Highlights for me: Everything, but especially the complementary clash of Michael C. Hall’s voice and the support vocals.