Monday, January 11, 2016

I, I Can Remember

I woke up to the tragic news of David Bowie's death. My first reaction was shock. He was my hero. I was 17 when I first heard him. I was in a phase where I was toying with bands and different forms of music. He just made sense then. His music was based on real world problems and events. You could feel the depth.  He was quite an innovator. He reinvented his style, music and image with his every album. 
He was multidimensional with his music, thoughts and songs.

I am perhaps alone here, but I find the stream of RIPs disturbing and completely unnecessary. Aren't the believers among us (that is if there are any) supposed to believe in reincarnation? The concept of resting in peace could only mean that moksha has been attained, which according to our culture can only be attained by getting yourself away of all worldly desires through karma and meditation. I have already documented my rant about this here.

In every culture, every act that follows death is meant to serve an original purpose. Mostly it is an attempt to console and rehabilitate the bereaved, and to honor the departed. I think by writing those "rip" messages we are just losing that cause. 

So for David Bowie I hope that he is off to a better place and is still playing music for his causes with other legends. He has enriched our lives with his art and his legacy will live on. He will always be a hero for me and one day I will introduce my children to his music. Amen to that.

In other news, the legend was thanked by Germany in helping to bring down the Berlin wall. 
This was a reference to Bowie's 1987 open-air concert outside the Reichstag in West Berlin. The stage was right next to the Berlin Wall, with thousands of East Germans on the other side who had come to listen to his music.
He had also written and recorded Heroes (his iconic song) about the city.I posted about this song here. It is about a love story across borders in divided Germany. Imperfect lovers with an imperfect situation. A tad darker view on love which will haunt your mind for a long time. 
I remember singing this song the whole time while walking the line of the former Berlin wall.

I, I can remember (I remember)
Standing, by the wall (by the wall)
And the guns, shot above our heads (over our heads)
And we kissed, as though nothing could fall (nothing could fall)
And the shame, was on the other side
Oh we can beat them, forever and ever
Then we could be heroes, just for one day

In his words "I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.". 
I don't think I have any reason to doubt that because a very wise man once said  
"Death is just an illusion: We continue to live in a parallel universe"



  1. Wow, one of the best posts on David Bowie I have read! :)

    1. Thank you :)! you know that it means a lot?

  2. I am sure he will be remembered for a long long time ...