Ziggy Stardust Returns.

David Bowie

 

Despite being on the verge of death from various cancers, the inimitable David Bowie recently produced this powerful song which was released on his 69th birthday just 4 days before his death.

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,
Just like that bluebird,
Oh I’ll be free,
Ain’t that just like me.

We are all made of stardust. It sounds like a line from a poem, but there is some solid science behind this statement too: almost every element on Earth was formed at the heart of a star. Next time you’re out gazing at stars twinkling in the night sky, spare a thought for the tumultuous reactions they play host to.

And then I saw this picture produced by Hubble a while ago and remembered, Ziggy Stardust is back to stardust. How beautiful!

ESA/Hubble #Flashback: The magnificent starburst galaxy Messier 82 Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: J. Gallagher (University of Wisconsin), M. Mountain (STScI) and P. Puxley (NSF).

Facebook is full of tributes for this wonderful artist who is the same age as me. This is one of the best –

Andrew Campbell BOWIE: Still in shock. While I’d rather be in denial as it’s hard to accept the loss of one’s 100% absolute favourite music hero of all time, here’s a bit of a tribute.

You left without warning while I was still celebrating your new and amazing album – (Blackstar). I’ve been a fan of yours since 1976 – I have all your albums, saw you on all four of your Australian tours (1977, 83, 87 & 94), seen all your movies, enjoyed the wonderful David Bowie is… exhibition last year and loved all your duets and collaborations with Iggy Pop, Queen, Mick Jagger, Bing Crosby, Lou Reed, Eno, David Gilmour, Pete Townsend and Tina Turner etc. Yes, I was a big fan.

I celebrated and danced with my best friends to your music and was inspired by your creativity. You broke new ground, shattered boundaries and were never afraid to follow your heart. All this was pivotal to my youth and career and like millions of others I’d like to thank you for your incredible and amazing legacy.

May peace be on your family, (and your global fan family) in this very sad time.

Many have covered your songs, but perhaps none so poignant as the version of Space Oddity by the Astronaut, Chris Hadfield.

RIP Starman.

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