There are moments when much that seems to bring you to your knees is rather unimportant. When it’s put into relation. Space travellers describe the moment of looking down to blue planet earth as such a moment. And everytime I think of that moment is when I hear “Space Oddity” by David Bowie. Or “Starman.” What a brilliant piece of music.
Everytime I hear “Heroes,” I think of Berlin. Of seperation, grainy and moody photographs. Electronics. Brian Eno. Hansa Studios.
So many of Bowie’s songs bring me to a place. A personal memory. A music fact.
Andy Warhol. A concert of the “Heathen”-Tour in Cologne. An old vinyl of “Ziggy Stardust”.
Music can do that. Create images, put things into relation. Bring you to a place. Create a feeling.
So knowing that. How heavy, moving, sad and brilliant is David Bowie’s last video for “Lazarus.” The idea behind it. He knew what we did not know. Battling cancer, he wrote, recorded and put out a new album. “Blackstar.” Released two days before he died. On the day of his 69. birthday. His 25th album. The last ever.
And then this video. Of him. Blindfolded. On a bed. Writing. Singing. Acting. Something that leaves you lost of words. Puts you and your thoughts into relation.
Long-time producer Tony Visconti wrote: “He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.“
Now. Everytime I hear “Changes” I like to think this word is true for all of us. And so much, obviously, for David Bowie. Although the song itself “started out as a parody of a nightclub song, a kind of throwaway,” as he once said.
“I’m dying to push their backs against the grain. And fool them all again and again.”
A personal piece written by diablog runner and writer Lars Goellnitz. Published on the day of the announcement that David Bowie has passed away. January 11, 2016. [x]