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.
maddogfagin: May 7 is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 238 days remain until the end of the year.
May 7, 2019 6:59:01 GMT
rabey: Hi John/bunkerfan and Steelmonkey.
May 7, 2019 23:08:40 GMT
rabey: Thanks for the interest. Unfortunately because Ian/Tull is doing his own book when I sent a request to find John I got stonewalled, even though I have a signed contract by Ian from 2013 stating I was doing a DVD version of The book. I also have had trouble
May 7, 2019 23:11:47 GMT
rabey: I guess after 5 years Ian forgot this even existed. Imean, he never even listed my book with all the other books that have been out of print for decades, yet mine and Tim S still have books in print and we're not mentioned.
May 7, 2019 23:13:11 GMT
rabey: I just get the impression that this AND having just dealt with Tull are all they care about really and it peeves me when the truth is when I first got my original contract with a US publisher to write the book with quotes on 3 other books on ELP,Crimson,
May 7, 2019 23:21:53 GMT
rabey: and YES, I contacted both Martin and Dave from AND and offered involvement in writing and photography. but Dave said no interest and martin was happy to get his photos printed just for credit. Later Daves book arrived and martin wanted 100 bucks a shot.
May 7, 2019 23:25:00 GMT
rabey: Anyway, The publisher refused the cost of photos, Martin wrote the only negative review of the book in print except for Amazon where a few stinkers stalled it's movement, but basically there was nothing advertising the book outside the UK.
May 7, 2019 23:29:01 GMT
rabey: I have to find a better way to post.
May 7, 2019 23:29:21 GMT
steelmonkey: Fights about history, public knowledge and more personally researched knowledge are pretty hard to untangle...but nothing takes away your contributions to total Tull information.
May 8, 2019 21:35:56 GMT
rabey: Very Kind, Steelmonkey!
May 9, 2019 1:33:24 GMT