Where Are We Now?
My word for the year is "evolve". I didn't select this word as much as it selected me, (but that's another post entirely). I guess it's only natural to take stock of one's life from time to time. Apparently I slowed myself enough to turn and look behind at where I've been, and I also strained my eyes to see if I could glimpse the future. Those are not activities I'm accustomed to, but if my word is "evolve", well.....you get the point.
Anyway, synchronicity being what it is, I've been humming and/or singing David Bowie songs (Yes - I'm a huge fan since the early 70s!) over the past couple months - specifically "Seven" ("...seven days to live my life or seven ways to die..."), and "Changes" ("I still don't know what I was waiting for and my time was running wild - a million dead end streets...." "....so I turned myself to face me..."). They somehow seem to go along with this "EVOLVE" that I can't get out of my head. Here's where synchronicity comes in: I'm browsing Facebook, and to my absolute delight, I see that David Bowie has released a new single, "Where Are We Now?", from his new CD, "The Next Day", to be released in March.
It's his first release in a decade, so I'm really excited to see him back and eager to hear the rest of this album. I'm not one to keep up with celebrity news, but when I did a little research to see where he's been for 10 years, I discovered that he had a heart attack at some point. I also discovered that he's 66 years old as of a week or so ago. Why is any of that important to me?
I consider David Bowie to be a creative genius. He's been an ever-evolving, outside-the-box, no holds barred, exploring, chameleon whom I've greatly admired over all these years. He must constantly ask himself, "what if", and he doesn't seem to have any reservation toward experimentation. His music has been a great source of inspiration to me. Do you know that he also painted and did some print making? http://www.bowieart.com/default.asp
|Image courtesy of http://www.spin.com/articles/david-bowie-producer-the-next-day-album-details|
Also, as they say, "misery loves company", and this image of David Bowie looking a tad like the grim reaper struck a chord in me. In a way, I find it far more bizarre than the Ziggy Stardust image, and almost a little disturbing. I listen to "Where Are We Now?", and I look at this image and think that he must be looking back at where he's come from and looking into the future to see where he's going. Maybe it's taken him 10 years to do it, and I guess that helps me to justify my own 10 week creative silence. Don't expect me to return looking like the Grim Reaper though!
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