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Media Video Audio Photos. Like many fans, I stopped listening to the brand-new record and got drawn back into the music Bowie made in his prime, because that was how I wanted to remember him.
It would've felt macabre, too, working and commuting with his last words blasting through my headphones. What's so harrowing about Blackstar —what makes it harder to listen to than Leonard Cohen's final album, You Want It Darker —is the terror it registers. Bowie does not sound ready to die. He often seems to be speaking in his own voice, abandoning the narrative devices that once kept him detached from the subjects of his songs. The morbid lyrics that got quoted in reviews and repeated in eulogies have the urgency of fears that wake you up at four in the morning, heart racing.
This album is Bowie's attempt to grasp something no one can understand: what it would be like to stop existing. No moment in daily life seemed somber enough to warrant playing it. That was before got dark enough to match Blackstar. When Prince died in April, the loss of two brilliant, futurist music icons within months of each other felt like a harbinger of some artistic apocalypse. People joked about aliens fleeing certain doom. As the year wore on, we seemed to mourn a different hero every week.
Cohen, Suicide's Alan Vega, and Sharon Jones hit me the hardest, but we've lost so many that everyone has a different canon of the departed.
Why music can play with our emotions - Karin Sieger
No personal tragedy can compare to the catastrophic trajectory of American politics, of course, where nihilistic propagandists and an utter lack of shame elevated Donald Trump from punchline to "protest vote" to president-elect. Now, as hate crimes spike and right-wing politicians pass chilling legislation , the media is entertaining or at least repeating absurd questions: Are Jews people? Could a Muslim registry actually happen?
Are we really going to have a leader who blithely disregards diplomatic protocol and then brags about it on Twitter? Some of the worst and most ridiculous outcomes suddenly seem like distinct possibilities. Even the threat of nuclear apocalypse feels more real than it has since the Cold War.
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Aside from a few jarring moments in bars and coffee shops, where I've heard Bowie played more often than any other artist this year, it wasn't until after the election that I listened to Blackstar again. Some days pass with a lot of focus, some days with none. It feels like I need to do a bit more growing and maturing on my own terms and through my own lived experiences. I think the listening and feeling experience of Black Star will be powerful and will catapult me to a new position on my path.
It feels like I need to grow a bit more backbone to make the very best of the impact. Or to withstand it….
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I have never bought such merchandise, and I am certainly not suggesting you should. But it was interesting to really tune into the feeling I had looking at the piece of clothing. I felt an immediate pull and desire to put it on. The feeling was one of wanting to be enveloped and covered by safety, wisdom, knowledge, strength, determination, a celebration of individualism and growth — even when facing death, because that is what David Bowie and Black Star stand for, for me.
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Part of me, and probably part of all of us, is yearning for all that, and yearning for a strong teacher and healer. Then again, all of this may be a clever ploy to distract myself from the fact, that I am still struggling with my mortality, death and dying. Can you relate to this?
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