“Let’s go somewhere no one has gone before.” – David Bowie
“Let’s go somewhere no one has gone before.” – David Bowie
“The worst thing would be to … look back and think of all the things that one could have tried and could have done, and think – why didn’t I do that?” – D. B.
I’ve taken some time off the previous weekend. Love to cook and gave a terrace BBQ for close friends, the loyal company of loved ones I find inspiring and trustworthy. We’ve enjoyed, spent precious moments all together, gratefully for the shared leisure time and inspiring exchange of thoughts. Engaged, openly shared insights, conversation from the heart & mind regarding life, and faith in oneself. Especially in uneasy times. Happiness doubles when shared and makes everything a bit easier to take. A genuine smile and laughter are the shortest connections between humans.
In the advanced evening have listened to some new music I’ve discovered on YouTube. Incredible what benefits the age of IT has to offer us when used in the right and appropriate ways.
Was then reflecting on how easy it is to get instant information comparing to the times where the carpenter had to install huge tailored shelves on entire living room walls for presenting “The Brockhaus Extended Edition” in hardcover weigh half a ton. While we’re receiving most of the answers in a second at present by a technically fully connected world that became smaller due to the internet and larger in global contacts workwise and in private connections, friendships though.
I was contemplating if Covid19 was a piece of great advice and a needed lesson to come down to earth again. Despite all the sadness, suffering, loss of beloved ones. And hard to take restrictions while business was in free fall to unknown places seemingly hard to recover due to a lack of experience on how to survive in a truly challenging situation like this. What goes up must come down. We might have been too far up by losing necessary ground under our feet at the same time.
Suffering is an important part of life, as it belongs to the same family as health. Where there’s sun there’s shade as well. Both are part of the whole and are impossible to separate, to disconnect from each other. When we feel healthy and strong we should be aware of and thankful for this gift. When suffering we should accept it as a mostly coming and going, temporary state of body and mind which is the opposite of abnormal.
I’ve genuinely enjoyed my free weekend hours and love to share some thoughts and feelings. How about you? How was your weekend? Could you’ve taken some time off for yourself only in the best affordable ways? I’d love to hear how you spend and enjoy your weekend/s. And will compassionate deep listening to you. As long as it takes.
The best things happen around midnight. Watched then a BBC documentary talking about and showing the creative last five years of David Bowie, the marketing guru who invented a timeless art figure a long time before others did. Never-before-seen footage of conversations with the musicians, producers, and music video directors who worked with him on his final tour of life. Bowie seemed to feel, to know that this is his final but another peak time of creative work in a truly unique career his time ahead and last 50+ years. By again going new ways no one seems to have gone before.
Had jumped over and worked with his shadow of pain. Being at the height of creativity and busy with projects that kept him breathing and over water while the liver went crazy, out of control, bold in chemo torture. To again exploring, implementing, and going new ways of art and music. To even write a stage play to leave a final footprint, a priceless & timeless insight into a galaxy full of work and projects, his legacy for the world after him.
“Always be, think outside the box.”
Long years band musicians gave moving statements by confessing they’ve never before seen him so released, so lived and performed in the brightness of human pureness. So fully enjoying his own songs performed for hundred times throughout the decades but performing them as refreshed new editions to his global audience. So devoted and spellbound but free at the same height.
When watching the A Reality Tour, especially the concert David Bowie gifted Dublin with one can see, feel a man, a genuine artist enjoying life and vast momentum of work come true in a unique magic magnetic live performance and his audience as a crucial part of it. A young man who fully goes up in the here & now. And shares his kind of enlightenment with his fans like never before.
I recommend watching, to soak up his engaging energy and endless smiles like no other had. Mr. David Robert Jones never went back to the stage after this tour. And no one seemed to know why. One is mostly alone when suffering, only the closest circle knows. Should know. No need to celebrate in public. Privacy always should come first, healthy or weak, a superstar’s life is no exception.
Bowie has then written his own testament by the legacy he left with two albums. “The Next Day”. His final piece of art “Black Star” describes and shares the mental and physical state of suffering due to liver cancer without naming himself as the main act. This touching album was released some days after his passing very close to his 69th birthday in January 2016.
He then celebrated at an unknown place we’re all heading to sooner or later and finally becoming all in one. As David Bowie called it “The Next Day.” What a perspective! I haven’t heard any rumors or complaints so far that it’s uncomfortable or difficult or uninspiring on the others side.
“The struggle is real, but so is god.” – A quote Iman posted around the time of her late husband’s death.
It’s said, rumored Iman took the ashes of her passed husband to Bali. Iman possibly followed his very last wish to scatter his remaining in nature of this stunning island. Where the gods and spirits seem to be alive like at no other place and are worshipped by the locals in daily ceremonies with showers of flowers and endless incense. Bowie was deeply inspired by Buddhism. Like Tina Turner. Or Richard Gere who once was asked why he converted to Buddhism to respond insightfully: “Otherwise I would have become insane by all that stardom cult abound me.”
“Fame puts you there where things are hollow.” –
The couple tried to keep their relationship as private as possible. Both were married for the second time. Shared with the public their marriage sign on the ring finger, he always proudly presented, underlined by a broad smile of having received genuine love and the right partner when turning around 50. But then avoided, left publicity outside their marriage.
Twenty years into marriage, Iman told Bazaar how enthralled she still was with her husband. “David doesn’t fight. He is English, so he just stays quiet. I’m the screamer”, she said. “Then he always makes me laugh. It’s like a cabaret. I keep him entertained, too. I still fancy him – totally! – after all those years.” (source: biography.com)
“I vowed to myself when I got married that I would cook every night. I find it therapeutic.” – Iman
Apart from this there were hardly ever shared insights or published stories of their private life, their holy grail of privacy was kept and respected like a secret. Bowie and Iman were meant for each other. Connected, coupled by his Japanese hairdresser as the henchman used by the universe for good.
I’ve read once Bowie himself opened the door of their apartment at 285 Lafayette St., in Lower Manhattan, NYC, when the laundry delivery was ringing. He friendly opened and responded, oh, thank you, that’s for my wife and gracefully took over the sealed bag of freshly cleaned clothes for his beloved beauty. This is a rare moment shared when superstars, so-called celebrities become ordinary humans and normal people becoming celebrities. Both of them have relished in the simple things while being solid members of global stardom.
After Bowie had passed away I was unable to listen to his wide legacy of music, art, and movies for two years. David was and still is my star since I started to listen to his music and following him when turning twelve. My immortal hero and deep inspiration to always go further than the normal despite how others reacting. To be inspired and creative in different fields of work to making more than just a living but being on a creative mission though.
The man who fell to earth and then traveled back to the star he has fallen off sixty-nine years ago. To giving birth, bringing in and sharing new ways of undiscovered views and proofed ways out of the box on life, on work, music, and art no one has ever thought of before.
“What I’m used to doing is being very stubborn, obscure, very confrontational … and enjoying every second of it.”
Thank you for your time, this has been Otto F. Gatternigg with Kindness.