DAVID BOWIE … Farewell Starman

Planet Earth is a lot bluer without David Bowie, the greatest rock star who ever fell to this or any other world.<3

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These Are the Must-Read David Bowie Tributes

 

David Bowie was a pop-music visionary who changed culture in specific ways:
“We Always Knew Who David Bowie Really Was,”
Judy Berman, Flavorwire
A personal remembrance that cuts through the clichés to illustrate Bowie’s massive influence. “I think David Bowie was an artist who could construct identities and embody them so convincingly, then deconstruct them and move on so quickly, because he knew that makeup and costumes and backstories and sexual proclivities were above all a tantalizing way to put across ideas that are more difficult to convey through pop music than through perhaps any other artistic medium.”

“Thanks, Starman: Why David Bowie Was the Greatest Rock Star Ever,” Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
Sheffield summed up what so many of us thought after Bowie’s death — “Somehow I really thought he’d outlive us all. After all, he’d outlived so many David Bowies before” — but then cherry-picked highlights (and even lowlights) of his musical career to zero in on what made him great: “He assured his fans we didn’t have to give up on life, didn’t have to play it safe, didn’t have to fall into a rut — and he proved it was possible in his own music.”

“Rebel Rebel: The Fantastic Voyage of David Bowie,” Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic
“He openly stole from his inspirations while he also possessed a gift for show. He intuited innovation and turned it into theater, his hybrids often ushering the underground into the mainstream. Perhaps Marc Bolan was the first alien to play glam, and certainly Kraftwerk honed the teutonic rhythms of Krautrock prior to Low, but to generations of listeners, it seemed as if David Bowie invented these styles outright. Such was the power of his sound and vision: even when his antecedents were apparent, Bowie made music that felt startlingly original and entirely personal.”

“Let’s Dance: David Bowie’s Everlasting Influence on Pop Music,” Maura Johnston, Noisey
Bowie’s sonic blueprint hovers over today’s pop music in often unexpected, abstract ways, simply because it’s so pervasive, as Johnston points out: “Removing David Bowie from the last half-century of pop would result in its edges being less pointed, its colors being less vibrant, its playfulness being reined in sharply; talking about how Bowie influenced it is like talking about how oxygen affects the breathing process.”

“David Bowie and the Return of the Music Video,” Matthew Trammell, The New Yorker
“David Bowie’s androgynous appearance, his interstellar motifs, and his mind-bending visuals set standards that an unsuspecting public didn’t notice were being set. He pulled audiences across genres toward him, at a time when music was pushed out to targeted demographics in stratified categories that now seem antiquated.”

“Brother from Another Planet: Bowie and Black Music,” Greg Tate, MTV News
“David Bowie ranks as high in our electric church’s Afrofuturist pantheon of demiurges as Jimi Hendrix, George Clinton, and Miles Davis. That’s for his outrageous aristocratic style, not-just-skin-deep soul, badass brinksmanship, and all-around Alter-Negrocity. Not to mention the Starman’s own sui generis take on The Funk. Bowie remains that rarity — a white rock artist whose appropriations of black kulcha never felt like a rip-off but more like a sharing of radical and bumptious ideations between like-minded freaks.”

“‘Plastic Soul’: David Bowie’s Legacy and Impact on Black Artists,” Mashaun D. Simon, NBC News
DJs and collaborator Ava Cherry, among others, recall how Bowie championed a young Luther Vandross, hung out with Prince, and called out MTV for not playing enough videos by black artists.

… an experimenter with a complicated sexual history:
“In Memory Of My Great Gay Saint, David Bowie,”
Alex Frank, Pitchfork
“His body was so thin and lithe that he bore the elegance of a female swan. He never even needed to actually be gay — to have sex with men — to be gay. He was one of us whether he ever really was one of us. Bowie’s gender and sexuality were probably more outerspace alien than anything found within the narrow confines that we’ve created here on Earth — and we loved him.”

… someone who inspired raw personal reflections:
“Grieving David Bowie, a True Rock Star in Life and in Death,” Lindsay Zoladz, Vulture
“I lost someone close to me in his early 20s, the kind of person who acted when others hesitated, who traveled to the places he dreamed about, who did instead of didn’t,” writes our staff critic. “Maybe I’m crazy or sentimental, but in recent years, I’ve come to suspect that he knew. Like some kind of angel or devil had materialized at some point and whispered in his ear exactly how much time he’d get, and he took this information as a blessing rather than a curse. He got to work. At the risk of sounding crazy or sentimental all over again, I found myself feeling this morning like David Bowie knew, too.”

“Reflections of a Bowie Girl,” Ann Powers, NPR Music
Powers traces her personal journey as a “Bowie girl,” reflecting on how her personal relationship with his music grew and changed over the years — and how his influence morphed along with it.

… a generous collaborator:
“Iggy Pop on David Bowie: ‘He Resurrected Me’,”
Jon Pareles, the New York Times
“The friendship was basically that this guy salvaged me from certain professional and maybe personal annihilation — simple as that. A lot of people were curious about me, but only he was the one who had enough truly in common with me, and who actually really liked what I did and could get on board with it, and who also had decent enough intentions to help me out. He did a good thing. He resurrected me.”

David Bowie Guitarist Carlos Alomar: ‘He Was So Damn Curious,'” Alomar as told to Kory Grow, Rolling Stone
“He was very easy to connect with. He was happy. He and I shared one gigantic, human thing: We are so damn curious. I wanted to know about everything from his Spiders From Mars; he wanted to know everything about what working with James Brown was like. I wanted to know what the hell is up with all that orange hair and all that glam-rock stuff; he wants to know about the Chitlin’ Circuit. He listened to jazz; I played jazz. It was a meeting of the minds.”

… a sci-fi hero:
“Why David Bowie Was a Geek Icon,”
Abraham Riesman, Vulture
“David Bowie was nerddom’s impeccably styled patron saint. In the coming days and weeks, he’ll be compared to other departed musical megaliths, from Lou Reed to Otis Redding to John Lennon. And, yes, he was as sonically influential as all of them. But would Reed have dressed up as an effete Goblin King in Labyrinth? Would Redding have ever starred in The Man Who Fell to Earth? Would Lennon, donned in drag, have played anthemic story-songs about being a gender-fluid extraterrestrial? Only Bowie was crazy enough.”

“Anthems For The Moon: David Bowie’s Sci-Fi Explorations,” Jason Heller, Pitchfork
A detailed analysis of Bowie’s fascination with (and absorption of) sci-fi, with a special emphasis on the books and movies which informed his earliest work.

… someone whose death transformed his art:
“‘Look up, I’m in heaven’: Bowie’s haunting farewell Blackstar is a triumph,” Caryn Rose, Salon
A stunning, eloquent musical analysis and examination of Blackstar and its promotional rollout, and how it seemed to portend Bowie’s death.

“David Bowie and the sad, inspiring history of making art while dying,” Geoff Edgers, the Washington Post
Edgers connects the dots between art, writing, and music created by people aware of their own mortality, and how their different approaches inform our own perspective.

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How Big , How Blue , How Beautiful <3 … Florence Welch

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Florence Welch returns with a renewed spark and a love for new thrills , inviting us to discover her new album as well as her soulful vocals. Along with her band , she has offered us soaring , epic anthems during the past few years and her new release is fraught with moments that overwhelm you , reaching new levels of eloquence and depth in her writing , something that makes her a more complete artist than ever.
“ How Big , How Blue , How Beautiful ” is a rather strong album that evidently carries more personal weight from song to song and it admittedly does so with a great familiar fragility and sensitivity. Flo’s rich arcing singing voice , the ghostly choral vocals and the atmosphere created throughout the album is a little wonder to behold and this does not come as a surprise. Here she seems to grow more honest and comfortable with herself , singing about crossing canyons , surviving betrayed feelings , fighting fears , kissing skylines , being stuck in wrecked relationships and pulling the earth and sea around her.
“ How Big , How Blue , How Beautiful ” is principally focused on a doomed romantic relationship and is delivered in such a manner that finds new , direct ways to touch our feelings and make us identify with it … ranging from soothing , confessing to booming at times but it is nothing less than impressive .
The rich and bold instrumentation as well as the lyrical devastation all cohere perfectly , maintaining a balance of technical mastery and sensitive lyricism. Her new producer Markus Dravs contributes to a great extend in making the final result sound big , blue , beautiful and balanced. All the talent , creative madness and pure sensitivity are fueled by Florence’s unique spark and touch of intensity , an overflow of emotions that are desperately seeking a way out.
Our dear Florence turns her personal turmoil into a thunderous , as it has been called , album adding new depth and mature awareness to the thrill of a range of emotions. After all , she has always been more than able to reveal so fearlessly the secrets of her heart and the hidden treasures of her soul.

Essential tracks to be listened to : Ship to wreck , What kind of man , Queen of Peace , St. Jude

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What kind of man loves like this ( video clip ) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgeKHTcufLY

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Official Site : http://florenceandthemachine.net/

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How big How blue How beautiful on Spotify :  https://play.spotify.com/artist/1moxjboGR7GNWYIMWsRjgG

Lana Del Rey’s bewitching , ethereal , compelling shades of ” Ultraviolence “

“Born to die “ established her as one of the most divisive musical figures of our age and by many she is considered to be a cultural phenomenon. It admittedly made such a polarizing impression because in a way it offered something that really didn’t sound like anything else. However she has proved to be a unique , intriguing figure on the contemporary music landscape.

 

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Lana Del Rey’s follow-up album “ Ultraviolence” comes as a pleasant surprise. Rather slow , moving , atmospheric , nostalgic , melancholic , dreamy and endlessly fascinating , it almost instantly strikes sensitive chords. The album simmers with a haunting , yearning feeling , a range of emotions and a quiet urgency as the one track moves to the next but without boiling over. creating moments of film-noir melodrama that literally permeate the majority of the songs.

Production from Dan Auerbach ( The Black Keys ) has greatly influenced the mood and the dreamscape of the whole album since he ended up producing seven of the eleven tracks. A dence album which is absorbed as an entire experience with even the weaker tracks contributing to the whole atmosphere. Lana Del Rey is digging deeper and seems to have complete control of her craft. As a matter of fact she has never sounder so compellingly crystalline and appears more complicated. More mature , captivating and as always not hiding her influences of the past as she often draw upon signifiers of the 20th century culture.

Try as you might , it seems hard not to be swept away by Ultraviolence’s sound. It feels like listening to a collection of mid-century ballads but with a different twist , permeated with blues-rock influences. You discover songs that whimper , howl , daydream , soothe , taunt , hypnotize , thrill , nod at cinema and deliver a real summertime sadness. Unadorned verses that gradually build up into massive ethereal choruses and an admirable thematic and musical unity that helps the album run smoothly.

The truth is that emphasis is placed on its little great moments that obviously make a difference and keep it consistent and charming. Minor touches and beautiful details that cannot pass unnoticed and make ULTRAVIOLENCE so cohesive and compulsively listenable from beginning to end. It seems that Lana Del Rey is given the well deserved opportunity to strike back and prove all her critics wrong. With her new album she takes a brave step towards becoming one in her own right but I guess she already is !!! She knows more than her share about love , despair , longing , regret , toxic relationships and sadness … so she steps into the shadows , whispers old secrets and gives voice to charming characters that never had the chance to speak for themselves.

 

Ultraviolence tracklist:

1) Cruel World
2) Ultraviolence
3) Shades of Cool
4) Brooklyn Baby
5) West Coast
6) Sad Girl
7) Pretty When You Cry
8) Money Power Glory
9) Fucked My Way Up to the Top
10) Old Money
11) The Other Woman
12) Black Beauty (bonus track)
13) Guns and Roses (bonus track)
14) Florida Kilos (bonus track)

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Official Website : http://lanadelrey.com/

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Ultraviolence on SPOTIFY : https://play.spotify.com/album/3zU6lhWOIaBhgrJQee4s1L

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West Coast : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKxuiw3iMBE

Brooklyn Baby : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5xcnjAG8pE

Shades of Cool :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJABBmAMXnY

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Old Money : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MaAPzg_YbQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOULS ADRIFT

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Lost and alone … forever wandering

How many times we really feel like crying

We know it well , we’re passers by but

Every single night we raise our eyes up there

Waiting for stars to shine their light upon us

Waiting for signs in a bewildered sky

Hidden , locked up within our secret world

Where hopes and haunting fears collide

Angels who’ve lost their silver wings

Longing for what they’ve dreamed of …

But yet , ready to fly

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Our souls adrift upon the tides of time

Like drops of water lost within an endless ocean

Like tiny grains of sand in golden dunes of life

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We meet , we part and then again we always cry

For our mistakes and all the words we never meant

Moments we had within our grasp but never spent

Burning our wings like little moths that lost their way

Unable to resist the warmth of tempting flame

Hearts given to desire , then betrayed , but

Still none but ourselves we have to blame.

Defying shadows that obscure the light

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Dreaming and wishing for a miracle to come our way

Falling from grace , by fate’s cruel hand being swept away

Trapped , often bleeding but never giving up on hope

Emerging from our past’s cruelest deceit

Embracing loving thoughts & shining bright

We keep our poor misguided hearts alight .

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Our souls adrift upon the tides of time

Like drops of water lost within an endless ocean

Like tiny grains of sand in golden dunes of life

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Still wide awake , we never really say goodbye

To all the things  that keep us still alive & fighting

Like clouds searching for limits in an endless sky

Keep chasing   magic rainbows …

We still believe in love that’s never dying .

( Caught somewhere between Dream & Reality ) M.K.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4ODHLyfbhE  (  Lunatic Soul _ Adrift  )