in an effort to be hailed as a genius, I have decided to change the way I publish posts on this Blog.
Rather than carefully choosing ideas and words, I will be cutting up magazines and newspapers and choosing random sentences. Until yesterday, I had no idea that this is how David Bowie wrote his songs. And David Bowie was a genius.
It sounds like a joke. Random sentences. But who knows? It might explain Sinn Féin and Alliance Party manifestos.
I am sorry to labour the point. I wish I actually got Bowie. All I know of him was “Space Oddity”. “Starman”, “Ashes to Ashes”, “Gene Genie” and “The Laughing Gnome”. There is the video featuring a Chinese girl which was almost banned and the best thing he ever did was “Dancing In The Streets” with Mick Jagger.
But I an a man who was never into concept albums. There are few good songs that dont involve only lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums. And few good songs last longer than three minutes.
They tell me that David Bowie was a great lyricist but I dont know any of his lyrics and I cant get my head around the fact that great songs are composed at random.
Are great paintings produced at random. I cant believe that Michaelangelo had no idea how the Cistine Chapel would turn out or that Leonardo da Vinci looked at the finished portrait of Mona Lisa and said “sheesh its a woman smiling”.
I did know that Bowie created the Ziggy Stardust persona but the Thin White Duke is a new one to me.
Have I been living under a rock for forty years? Seemingly…in musical terms I have.
But while I would have appreciated that Bowie was a major figure, I find the outpouring of grief to be a kinda Lady Diana type thing. Thoughtless.
It seems strange that Bowie was appreciated as an “individual” yet his followers are curiously tribal. If Art is meant to be controversial, then surely I should expect some kinda TV studio discussions that might reflect Bowie’s appeal to be not so universal.
Surely those hailed as a genius…from Charlie Chaplins Little Tramp to Monty Python and from Damien Hirst’s Cows to Tracy Emins Bed…we might get rival experts into a studio to make the rival cases…genius or crap.
But seemingly nobody has gone into a TV studio to make the case that David Bowie was total crap….there is a curious group-think.I really dont get it. I just dont get it.