Sitting here listening to “Nothing Has Changed”, a compilation album containing some of the best music from the recently late, always great David Bowie and thinking about this week’s post. Who can forget #Bowie classics such as “Space Oddity”, “Changes”, “China Girl” or “Ashes to Ashes” to name a few of his better known hits.
In a career spanning nearly 5 decades David Jones’ (AKA David Bowie, “Aladdin Sane” and “Ziggy Stardust”) persona, image and sound shifted constantly throughout his extensive career. Yet through it all his music somehow retained that signature creativity and playfulness that was Bowie. Henri Matisse once said that “Creativity takes courage.” Certainly, none exhibited the wisdom of Matisse’s words better than David Bowie!
Creativity in all its forms, be it the performing arts and music or visual arts such as photography, painting and sculpture enrich and enhance our lives individually and collectively. In the words of the Catholic writer and Trappist monk, Thomas Merton “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
With the opening verse of “Space Oddity” filling (eight…) the room (seven…), I can’t help but (six…) feel that (five…) if there were (four…) more creativity, (three…) and less conflict (two…) in the world (one…) the stars would indeed “…look very different today.” To David Bowie 1947 – 2016