David Bowie: Lazarus
Look up here, I'm in heaven
I've got scars that can't be seen
I've got drama, can't be stolen
Everybody knows me now
Look up here, man, I'm in danger
I've got nothing left to lose
I'm so high, it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below
Ain't that just like me?
By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king
Then I used up all my money
I was looking for your ass
This way or no way
You know I'll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now, ain't that just like me?
Oh, I'll be free
According to Bowie's producer Tony Visconti, the lyrics and video of Lazarus and other songs on the album were intended to be a self-epitaph, a commentary on Bowie's own impending death.
Like so many others, the news of David Bowie's death took the the wind out of my sails.
At first I thought it was a hoax, or a very distasteful public relations stunt to promote his latest released Album, Blackstar. The details were just too coincidental to Lemmy Kilmister's death, who we had just laid to rest on Saturday, January 9, 2016.
Let's review those coincidences:
- Lemmy had performed his performance December 11, 2015
- Lemmy celebrated his 70th birthday on December 24, 2015
- Lemmy died from an aggressive cancer on December 28, 2015
- David Bowie Just released his album, Blackstar
- David Bowie celebrated his 69th birthday on January 8, 2016
- David Bowie died from liver cancer on January 10, 2016
Unfortunately, it was not a hoax nor a distasteful PR stunt. The world has lost David Bowie. He gave us so many great and wonderful musical gifts.
Born and raised in south London, Bowie developed an interest in music while at school, where he excelled at playing the recorder. When he left school he studied art, music and design, and became proficient on the saxophone, forming his first band that year at the age of 15. He embarked on a professional career as a musician in 1963, and received his first management contract shortly afterwards. "Space Oddity" became his first top five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved to be one facet of a career marked by reinvention, musical innovation and visual presentation.
As a cancer survivor, the lyrics to this particular song hits me emotionally.
What does tomorrow bring?
Tune in to find out!