THREE THINGS ABOUT DAVID BOWIE

David Bowie joined the stars on the new moon.

Good timing.

I’ve joined the choir of mourners myself today, and asked the cards:

Where did David go? Did he manage to go to the Stars?

Three cards fell on the table:

The Fool, The Hanged Man, The Stars

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Now, it’s not really fair that I’ve entitled this post, Three Things About David Bowie, when all I want to talk about is actually me. And why I became a fortuneteller. Because of this. I mean, really. I ask a question: ‘Any stars involved here?’, and the cards go: ‘The stars are all over the place.’

This happens all the time, but every time it happens, it’s like the first time. The excitement is so high that I really never want to trade this with anything else.

Some ask me on occasion: ‘How do you reconcile the academic world with the woo-woo world?’ and I always say: ‘I don’t.’

If you must know I find the woo-woo world a lot more honest than the other world I happen to function within – at least for a while longer, until my own stars will guide me to some other place.

But here’s the thing about David Bowie – and no, I can’t claim I’m a fan, as I haven’t been following his music – I’m Bach girl – so take this with a protective pinch of salt.

1 David was a Fool.

The Jester, wearing two colors, and some bells in his hat. He spoke the truth. The world at large hates the truth. David spoke the truth, so he was a Fool by definition.

2 David did things in his own way.

Always hanging there between the worlds. But not just hanging. He was hanging upside down. His head in a hole. What he saw was not the same as what everybody else saw.

3 David liked the Stars.

Being a man or a woman – he didn’t care much what – he stripped and undressed all the time to feel the power from the many suns in the sky and how they energized him. He was not into sleeping. He hated that. Who can blame him? Try closing your eyes and go to sleep. You’ll be missing out on a lot of star power, and star movement right under your eyes.

THANK YOU

Thank you, David, for making my cards speak star language. It’s awesome beyond the universe. Cast some of that light down on us, and let us shine.

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5 thoughts on “THREE THINGS ABOUT DAVID BOWIE

  1. Grey says:

    I’d love to see you Camelia challenge your musical palate. I say never limit your musical tastes, always challenge it. It’s good fun to witness people’s (often unasked of) fallacy of division when it comes to music. It’s almost as if everyone adopts a dualist attitude when music is brought up. Sound is intangible, invisible yet all around us at all times and is a natural occurrence made up of vibrations floating in the air until it reaches our ears. You can be deaf and still feel the vibrations of sound enough to identify it or feel the shivers it can conjure up. It’s quite amazing to play around with low frequencies and all of a sudden feel anxiety like shivers from the tones you stumble upon. Musicians are quite magical people. The ability to bend sound and create landscapes or micro atmospheres is from my understanding quite akin to magical philosophy and even Zen philosophy and practices. As a musician myself I can sit within a DAW or with an instrument and get into a trance filled with intention and rid of blindspots if that’s where I intend to go. I can create a tonal altar, tonal vision board, a microcosm. These videos cover some of the capability of sound and I do hope it sparks up some further interest: [now I’m picturing you with a synthesizer (probably a Moog or something obscure and European made or maybe a Resonant Garden) creating the most bone chilling soundscapes😉].

    I’ve seen you speak about Bjork before. There’s a lot happening in the world of electronic music that I would love to see you write about. Of course on the surface level it may seem totally foreign or purposeless for someone focused on Zen to entertain the world of entertainment or perhaps musical entertainment…but… the same could be said for much of the historical visual art which only has it’s value and meaning within history. Much of those visuals are outdated for much of the newer generation. For projects like iamamiwhoami which utilized audiovisuals and such depth in terms of visual elements and beautiful tonal compositions, I cannot help but think a ‘Bach girl’ like yourself who often dances to music and visuals on YouTube wouldn’t have some form of affinity to these projects. Iamamiwhoami used such depth in terms of symbology, the marketing of the project was truly bewitching. Of course knowing your position with correspondences I don’t see you agreeing with everything but you already comment on this regardless. There’s artists like Grimes who entertain the idea of futurism and AI and then there’s even artists like Holly Herndon who built an AI system named SPAWN with her partner and they utilize it during their albums and live shows. There’s even people like Katie Gately who manipulates field records, Throbbing Gristle & Cosey Fanni Tutti who utilized industrial elements DIY, mail-art, performance, magick, etc in their work. (I feel you’d have quite the affinity for Cosey Fanni Tutti), Delia Derbyshire who was one of pioneers of electronic music responsible for the Dr. Who theme.

    I suppose where I’m going with this is, we know artists tend to have a knack for fantasy. We know all the negative descriptors we give to ‘struggling’ artists. With that comes the immediate and blindspots. I see the distaste you have for it but it is the future after all. Everything is moving towards technology and it seems our communication is also moving that way. Communicating through sound seems to be consistent because of those vibrational occurrences that happen naturally. I wonder if you can articulate sound, meaning against technology and the ever changing way we communicate as humans in this modern world (ie visuals like emojis, GIFs, tik-tok, instagram, photoshop, AI, AR, facetune, audio elements like manipulating audio, sampling, music theory, etc). I see blindspots coming out of these modern materials and often challenge them within my own art making. You can have an artist put out an album with a collection of songs under the theme of love but have the most grimy, abrasive beats and sound elements which totally make you second guess the theme. It’s sort of like reading cards and paying attention to elements, form, structure, function. It would be very interesting and I’m sure appealing for many of your younger audience to see you incorporate these ideas with your Zen philosophy and practices.

    1. Camelia Elias says:

      Thank you for these reflections here, Grey. You’re not wrong at all to suspect that one of these days I’d get myself a keyboard and start banging on it. I’ve actually considered it, and even tried once an online piano thing, in order to get some tunes for a soundtrack. It wasn’t too successful, as I have no pedals, and the sound from my computer keyboard kept interfering. I so laughed at my attempts, given that I hold close to zero proficiency in playing an instrument. Thank you also for the references. I’ll have a look. Stay safe, and keep the magic of this coming my way. Before you’ll know it, some of it might materialise. I can share, secretly, that one of my dreams is to have been a conductor…

      1. Grey says:

        I recommend using GarageBand on your Mac computers. It’s free and has many virtual instruments from samplers, soft-synths, and drum machines to effects, vocal processing, virtual amps, and more. You can play around with MIDI notes drawing in the compositions and change the velocity from within the program. It’s where I started in terms of music production. Just have fun arranging sounds much like a storyboard in video programs but for audio. It would be neat to see you use field recordings, sampling sounds of hag stones, the wind, water, poured wine, arranging them into a composition filled with surprises 😝. Maybe Frigg will end up on one of your compositions. Let us hear what you hear.

    2. N says:

      That’s actually pretty interesting. Music or sound is in a way language. Sound/music evokes many things for many people around the globe despite their cultural upbringing, beliefs, etc. It’s almost like universal language. Mind blown.

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