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.
steelmonkey: The countdown from today (10) to Tull liftoff on July 9, will bring memories of being herded into the school cafeteria to watch space rocket launches on TV in the 60s. Amazing that they did that with arrays of computers that had less power than our phones
Jun 30, 2019 0:15:25 GMT
JTull 007: You are entering a world of pure imagination... The TULL ZONE 2019
Jun 30, 2019 2:39:26 GMT
maddogfagin: You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop, the Twilight Zone!
Jul 1, 2019 6:38:06 GMT
JTull 007: I LOVE that ZONE
Jul 1, 2019 10:45:06 GMT
steelmonkey: Interweb broken at home for three days but Tull draws closer. One more week till I am where I belong...a place Tull is making music.
Jul 4, 2019 1:26:32 GMT
steelmonkey: 4 days till Tull.
Jul 5, 2019 19:05:52 GMT
JTull 007: 4 days till you meet your TULL DESTINY
Jul 6, 2019 3:04:00 GMT
nonrabbit: 3 days tull Tull Bernie that is - not me....
Jul 6, 2019 19:40:23 GMT
steelmonkey: In 72 hours I will be, for a change, where I am supposed to be, surrounded by people that I should be around. So Cal friend going tonight and will report right after.
Jul 7, 2019 0:33:01 GMT
maddogfagin: Have a rather splendid time Bernie
Jul 7, 2019 14:19:04 GMT
JTull 007: My spirit will be sitting next to you at The Mountain Winery I'll be drinking some TULL Wine too
Jul 9, 2019 2:11:22 GMT
steelmonkey: I peeked at setlists from past few days. Glad to see I can expect APP excerpt....My friend assures me that Warm Sporran is less a booby prize than Solstice Bells. Review soon. Clock stuck at work as I await concert this evening.
Jul 9, 2019 16:12:13 GMT
fluteinthegallery: If I had to put my love for Tull in to one word, it would be "everything". This band means everything to me.
Jul 15, 2019 3:59:50 GMT
steelmonkey: I would agree. I love music, I love rock and roll but my love for Tull is it's own category and bigger than the other two,
Jul 16, 2019 0:42:25 GMT
joemer: FOR MICHAEL COLLINS,JEFFREY & ME !!!! whether it happpened (the event) or not the Song was fabulous!!! incidentally Michael Collins "Is Alive and Well and Living In......
Jul 16, 2019 14:43:52 GMT
nonrabbit: Love the song interaction
Jul 17, 2019 21:17:17 GMT