May His “handwriting” be abundant and obvious in your life on this most holy of days!
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
It has been wisely said, that which is less complicated is oftentimes better understood and more appreciated than complexity.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the twentieth century’s most influential architects is credited with coining the much cited architectural axiom “Less is more.” In fact, this succinct and astute observation was first voiced by the young van der Rohe’s mentor, German architect and designer Peter Behrens.
Brevity in communication, be it verbal or visual, when thoughtfully articulated leads to clarity and a simple eloquence.
A young boy peers through a medieval divided lite window in the facade of the over 700 year old “Turun linna” (Turku Castle) located in Turku, Finland. I can only imagine the thoughts racing through this young man’s mind as the ancient glass distorts and alters his view of the gently falling snow as it slowly covers the castle complex and frozen river beyond. The Turku Castle today is a museum and popular tourist destination in Finland but in days past, and for over seven decades, it has stood guard over the Aura River Estuary. Over its long history the castle has been a fortification, a storehouse, a prison, a barracks, an administrative center and a stately palace.
There is no doubt that these castle walls hold countless stories detailing the rich history of Finland, Sweden and other Nordic lands. But today, on a magical and snowy day in March, these walls of solid granite and iron serve as the ideal backdrop for a little boys imagination and a proper stage for great adventure!