I started to watch the Lazarus video just after his death was announced and there was around about 4 million views now less than a week there's almost 21 million.
Someone has made a very interesting point on the comments section;
" I teach mythology and in my classes, we discuss modern myths. Most myths are based in reality, and over time, they take on the mythic aspects. David Bowie was already a legend but now, he will become a myth. His name will be said over and over, and reality will intertwine and mix with the fantastic and the magic. Ancient Egyptians believed that as long as one's name continues to be spoken (or is written somewhere), that person will continue to live in the after-world; David Bowie will live for what will pass as "forever," long, long after other "celebrities" are forgotten. Others are but pale imitations, but he was bona fide. Orpheus by any other name or style is still Orpheus. Sing to Persephone now, Mr. Bowie, and accept the accolades of other heroes and artists..."
I never thought of it like that. Not only are artists like Bowie and Anderson creating beautiful songs,thoughts and images but because of modern technology they will be remembered in even greater clarity long into the future like the myths and legends that were passed down by word that we know today.
Where the comments section gets even more interesting is the religious zealot who is answering the mythology teacher at the moment - worth a look.
Are we giving Bowie a bit of a pass for being VERY VERY VERY media and image savvy...like many near or true artists that would catalyze skepticism ? I mean...he is the REAL thing...but still...
A BIG pass from me as far as media savvy in this instance and any other thought that he was in it for the money. The man's a multi millionaire,I don't think he needed the extra multi- millions that his family will get from having all the albums including this last one in the charts today.
I can't repeat enough what an impact this album has had on me. I've thought and listened long about it and I believe that it is such a phenomenal album that I would have liked it had I listened to it as a foray into Bowie's catalogue and from someone who doesn't have that much experience of his music. It's a sad set of circumstances to come to listen to any musicians work but it's not a bad thing either.
The dedication and the need he had to make this swansong - I consider it bravery in the face of death. He has turned his death into a multi layered, work of art - in failing health and with dignity. In this day and age of crappy Kardashians and the crap the media craps out it's not just in a class of it's own it's a reminder of what art is and was before money spewed out 'celebrities'
We all know that Nonrabbit is a big Kate Bush fan, and I just stumbled on this video featuring David and Kate... I know that you have moved on to other subjects, but I'm still sad about the passing of one of my absolute greatest heroes... I can't really explain the logic behind being a Jethro Tull fan, and a David Bowie fan, but Ian and Bowie have a very big place in my heart... (...could it be the silly clothes??) Well, never mind... Still crying...
"You have a box that says Ian Anderson, and another box that says Jethro Tull, but inside both boxes it's the same old cornflakes" - Ian Anderson
Great video Equus you can see the Anthony Newley influence there too.
Kate Bush tribute to Bowie.
'He created such staggeringly brilliant work,' Bush says
"He was intelligent, imaginative, brave, charismatic, cool, sexy and truly inspirational both visually and musically," Bush said. "He created such staggeringly brilliant work, yes, but so much of it and it was so good. There are great people who make great work but who else has left a mark like his? No one like him."
That's a lot of brains and beauty in one room...Bowie and Bush!. Bought and listened to Blackstar. So so so good....and i doubt I would have had the sense to buy it sans extra attention by his passing...and he knew that....Now I wanna run out and get the one before.
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull (Facebook – edited): Bowie resurrected himself on many occasions, such was his strength; a strength born of restlessness and the urge to move on. The most inventive, original and very British of artists, perhaps, since the late ’60s. David Bowie. Art Pop supremo. RIP.
ash: Merry Christmas. Hey Santa pass me that bottle
Dec 24, 2019 18:02:32 GMT
steelmonkey: Merry Christmas to one and all and a very Tull filled new year.
Dec 25, 2019 2:50:35 GMT
joemer: In Heaven dere aint no beer dats why we drink it here !!!!!! theme song of the Philly pa. new years day Mummers parade !!!! Another round of Hats off & Kudos to ian & the boys xmas church concerts Bruce should do that over here !!!!!.....
Dec 25, 2019 19:11:59 GMT
joemer: next Tull album cover one foot firmly planted in CONUS other foot across the ocean in D-Land and his "package" hovering over Blighty !!!!lol hahahah
Dec 25, 2019 19:14:01 GMT
crosseyedmary75: Once in Royal David's City Stood a lowly cattle shed Where a mother laid her baby You'd do well to remember the things He later said. Could have held Him in one hand. The things He would later say became the backbone of Western Civilization.
Dec 28, 2019 3:45:41 GMT
crosseyedmary75: 2,000 years later, we have His words. We know what He said. Ian sang, And the all-time winner Has got him by the balls He picks up Gideons Bible Open at page one, I thank God he stole the handle and the train it won't stop going Headlong to his death. Why?
Dec 28, 2019 4:01:18 GMT
crosseyedmary75: Thanks for the welcome. Thanks to Martin and to each well-wisher for the season and the new year. How cool is it to share our appreciation for the greatest band of all time! TULL fans must also be unique. We know this group of men is a most special gift
Dec 28, 2019 20:23:46 GMT
rredmond: Welcome crosseyedmary75!! And joemer, big ups to Philly from South Jersey! And when we're no longer here, our friends will be drinking all the beer!
Dec 31, 2019 13:23:40 GMT
snaffler: Its a few years since ive been on this forum, but i'd like to belatedly wish a Happy New Year to all members. I haven't listened to Jethro Tull for a long time. I needed a break.
Jan 3, 2020 21:14:14 GMT
steelmonkey: Estimated time when I will get tired of 'A Change of Horses': NEVER
Jan 11, 2020 23:44:39 GMT
maddogfagin: Feel the same way about "Budapest" - who else but IA could have composed that song.
Jan 12, 2020 14:50:11 GMT
steelmonkey: I love Budapest,too...but to answer your question, Knopfler came damn close with 'Private Investigations' !
Jan 14, 2020 2:22:41 GMT
nonrabbit: I've written a thesis on your very thoughts Chairman Steel
Jan 15, 2020 11:07:39 GMT
steelmonkey: Please forwad results of your research to the central commitee for review.
Jan 16, 2020 20:15:29 GMT