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.
chester: It looks like- with people going back to their jobs- the number of daily guests on the JT Forum has gone back down to the 500s range, instead of the 600s and even 700s.
May 31, 2020 17:57:59 GMT
maddogfagin: Still a more than healthy number of visitors although it's difficult to know what percentage of google "bots" trawl forums doing whatever they do - anyone know what "bots" actually do ?
Jun 1, 2020 13:57:36 GMT
rredmond: I thought they gathered information for search engines?
Jun 2, 2020 13:07:30 GMT
maddogfagin: Would that be general info or searches into users details, passwords etc ?
Jun 3, 2020 7:06:57 GMT
rredmond: I think they just troll around the boards gathering public information. If you shut them down, then things like google searches will find the forums less. The more info you have out there the easier it is to be found... whether for good or for bad.
Jun 5, 2020 0:19:08 GMT
rredmond: So the Google will find any searches for Jethro Tull forums or proboards. But if someone searched to figure out what Barriemore Barlow's favorite Tull song is, it wouldn't have that information. So they wouldn't know it was Mouse Police.
Jun 5, 2020 0:22:38 GMT
rredmond: I help run a couple D&D forums, and when one of them stopped allowing the bots, his forum went from like page 1 of the searches, to way down in the pack.
Jun 5, 2020 0:23:17 GMT
maddogfagin: I wonder how many of the so called bots are actually the tull trolls instead
Jun 7, 2020 7:04:47 GMT
futureshock: Here's wishing everyone persistent health! Times are getting more optimistic! Activism is UP, and fear of getting involved in important issues, is dropping faster than the Vegas odds on Trump being elected again. Cheers!
Jun 7, 2020 23:10:01 GMT
maddogfagin: Thanks futureshock - hope you're ok likewise
Jun 8, 2020 15:01:16 GMT
stormsongs: Hi. Newbie, first time here as I have a question I can't get an answer to......I have a vivid memory of buying Lifes a Long Song in 71 and it had a gatefold sleeve....but I can't find any evidence of that or a copy with that sleeve...
Jun 12, 2020 14:25:44 GMT
maddogfagin: Welcome to the JT Forum stormsongs. Not seen a UK Life is a long song gatefold sleeve but there's no doubting they may have been some overseas releases issued this way.
Jun 13, 2020 6:14:41 GMT
futureshock: So, IF you are musical yourself, what are you doing with the CoronaCoda lockdown experience and maybe extra personal time available to find or create more music, or explore instrument playing? How has dealing with musicians changed? Gigs? Spinoff ideas?
Jun 14, 2020 23:01:49 GMT
maddogfagin: Listening to a lot of concert recordings via CD and finding some great music on youtube which I've never heard before. My days of playing guitar are behind me these days due to my damn fingers not wanting to work properly.
Jun 15, 2020 6:37:05 GMT
steelmonkey: Would you like to hear a perfectly constructed, note,rhythm,lyrical and atmosphere piece of Tull perfection? Yes? Try 'Saboteur' on 'Under Wraps'. Flawless.
Jun 22, 2020 21:05:43 GMT
maddogfagin: Under Wraps is an often maligned album by a minority but to the majority it stands amongst the finest of their eighties output. A great album.
Jun 28, 2020 6:43:28 GMT
steelmonkey: Under Wraps is sui generis. Strong everything. Something(s) about it amaze and astound with each listen.
Jun 28, 2020 19:30:42 GMT
steelmonkey: Double work shifts in surging hospital to allow 2 week vacation soon...miss my friends in the Tull treehouse but back soon. Breaks at work have gone the way of the dinosaurs.
Jul 8, 2020 3:29:26 GMT