Just a few thoughts on David Bowie and his last album.
-It is impossible to represent death but he did his best to stage it.
-Legend has it that the Butoh artist Tatsumi Hijikata sensed his death and he stood up and greeted and thanked all of his friends present in the room, somehow Bowie did a similar thing.
-Looking at him, his skin and eyes, having seen the signs in patients struck by the same disease, it is evident that it must have taken an enormous effort on his part to perform in the videos following the release of his last album. This in itself is probably the most amazing feat that this artist managed to perform. The fatality of illness fought by an immense strength. That's a true legacy.
I think he was larger than his disguise. He was never a clown, but had a solid view and career and music. From his entrepreneurial surprises to the perfection of his music and self-presentation, Bowie, was nothing like a drug-driven pop-star. On the contrary, he was an example of image management. All of his surreal self appeared in the lyrics of his songs. So well done David Bowie!
I think it was last Friday when I heard the news about the release of yet another album by Bowie after many years blah blah blah, which was met with great acclaim by critics and fans alike, and I was pleased to hear it and then they put Lazarus on as the signature work in the album and I suddenly had an almost uncanny feeling, I thought "who the heck names a song Lazarus unless they die...? Is he dying? Strange..."
Watching the video, the/his agony of knowing what's in the great Beyond, is breathtaking. R.I.P. Mr Jones* (from the Ballad of a Thin Man, by Bob Dylan, one of his favourite artists.)