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I remember my sister (RIP) sitting me down to listen to The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders from Mars. There are a few albums she did that with.  Not just, "Hey, listen to this song," but "You HAVE to listen to this whole album!  Sit down!" and she played me the vinyl records: The Beatles' Revolver, Jethro Tull's Aqualung, The Who's Quadrophenia.  Ziggy was one of these.  I was probably eleven or so, the year 1980, but I had heard many of David Bowie's songs and records through our older sister playing them: Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Hunky Dory. Space Oddity, Changes, Rebel Rebel, Jean Genie were all big on the radio as well, but I recognised many of the songs on Ziggy, too.  I was amazed at the passion and in the storytelling, and how the songs all sounded linked and well hung around a theme.

A couple of years later I went to a party where one of my sis's friends was playing in a cover band in someone's basement.  They were maybe ages sixteen or seventeen.  I knew Bill, the singer, as we had hung out among friends in my sister's room and out in the woods, where we sometimes gathered around a fire at night to party and play music.  I was a few years younger, but I managed to impress with my knowledge of rock music and other subjects.  A couple of times I had sung with him while he played guitar.  This night, at the party with his full band, they did a lot of great songs I liked, but the really high point for me was near the end with their rendition of Ziggy Stardust.  I realized then how powerful that song really was in all its glory.

After the show, as I was saying how much I enjoyed it, I was delighted when Bill gave me one of his microphones.

"You need one of these," he said, "Take care of it.  Put it to good use!"

He also asked, if I was interested, whether I wanted to control the light shows for the band.  What a great opportunity!  I was so happy, and I felt like it was my opening into the world of being involved in rock and roll!  I had been singing Beach Boys and Beatles and The Who, among others, since I was five years old.  Now, nearing thirteen, I was well on the way!  Thank you sisters!  Thank you, Bill!  Thank you, David Bowie!

Unfortunately, I had no transportation, and my sister advised I would need our mom's permission.

"No!  I don't want you to be around drugs and alcohol."

Buzzkill!  What is WRONG with parents, anyway?

It wasn't the end of my career in music, and I still use Bill's mic., but nothing ever seemed to completely fall in line quite as well.  One can have all the talent in the world (I didn't, but I had some) and it still takes multiple tries and a good bit of luck, and good people and friends supporting you, for the stars to align.  I did go on to play in bands, and many parts fell into place, but not all, not like Bill's band was together that night, playing Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders from Mars.

I understand what it means to keep reinventing one's self.  I am not as creative with it as David Bowie was, nowhere near.  He was divine at times, ethereal, but I have worn many hats, faced addictions, success and loss.  One thing I know is that art inspires art.  The ripples David Bowie has made in the waters of the world will go on making waves for a long, long, long, long time. And so many of us are glad for that!

Thank you, David!  It has been a wonderful, magical, inspiring journey, being on this planet, and in outer space with you.  Safe travels, always!


--vikingjon 2016-01-13



Androgyny by the801
  • Listening to: David Bowie
  • Reading: Leonardo and the Last Supper
  • Watching: France 24

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Born in Boston, Massachusetts. Moved to Delaware at 6 months. Graduated University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Still a bachelor.
Favourite music is Rock, Folk, Jazz. Favourite literature is Fantasy/Science fiction. Movie buff. Shaman, friend of elves. Urban/rural/aquatic/wild.
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The Kids Are Alright

Highlighting hope and dismay in the modern world.

The Kids Are AlrightI'm going back to Rock and Roll.  
I've never been away really, but as I struggle with my own rebirth as a full-grown adult (I am 44 in 2013), and as I struggle with the way the world is changing, I am deciding to what extent my consciousness is maturing, and whether to "put away childish things", or at least which ones.  Rock and Roll is staying on the list of current events because it is as much a part of who I am as anything.  I can't disengage; it would be like removing my skeleton.  I don't have to fold it up and put it away in a drawer in order to be able to raise responsible kids or care for the elderly, but I do influence enough people that I have to come to terms with what Rock music IS, and whether it is a danger or a divinity.
It is both.
In a stellar example, I can't help seeing shades of The Who in what Nirvana was doing in the late eighties/early nineties.  Not to compare them directly or with intricacy, if you're a fan you've maybe already done t
The Kids Are Alright 2Where are those who speak out against blind faith and corruption?  Out of sight, and out of mind--hassled and detained on technicalities and infractions, led away to the pens to be reeducated about bullshit, or kicked out on the streets.  Those who don't want to play the game are not as well respected as those who use flashy domination and ladder climbing as an ideal, those who insinuate themselves into power and "society", by changing their stripes to match the herd's, but EVERYONE develops a skill that gives them an edge.  We are all cutting-edge in some way--all of us are.  We are all inherently skilled and creative.   It is part of human nature.  It is a basic aspect of life that we must compete in some way or join a religious retreat.  No one wants to identify as "poor" because we are still so rich in spirit and talents, but there is a flood of exodus from the upper-crust parties, even as wealth explodes for a tiny percentage of that thinning, in The Kids Are Alright 3Meanwhile, the secret machinations behind the scenes of "democracy" are at work as if The Cold War never ended.  We sell arms to tribesmen, then double-cross them and watch our towers fall.  "How dare they attack our Empire!", we wonder, idiotically.  Our obvious inattention to realistic outcomes is staggering, and now our countries stagger themselves, like punch-drunk prize-fighters, because we forgot basic maths, economics, human rights, and moral philosophy all at the same time!  No, terror is not credible, it is disgusting, but there IS a twisted logic behind it.  We reap what we sow.  And whereas our official policy used to be that "We will not treat with terrorists."  We always DID behind the scenes.  We do it openly now.  The CIA is now, according to senator John McCain, in Syria training rebels, some of whom have posted videos of beheadings and lining up those heads of their conquests on bookshelves as trophies.  This is the lev The Kids Are Alright 4Does ANY of that legal, or business, or political mumbo-jumbo REALLY represent us, The American People, and Peoples around the world?  Of course not.  It never has.  It represents the one percent of leaders who CANNOT dig their way to the surface of their own bullshit-spewing machine into the light of day again, plus whoever they can dupe into unwavering loyalty no matter what nonsense they pull.  That is NOT who we are!  In EVERY culture of the world, the power brokers are LUCKY, LUCKY, if they represent even a fraction of the general population.  One reason is because they promise us everything we ask for when running for office and then deliver a fraction of that, or some ill-gotten commodity to placate us, some of which is helpful, and some of which only delays the bite we feel when our systems break down because they were playing games, not leading us to our OWN goals.  We elect an idealised image, and they immediately begin to act counter to wha The Kids Are Alright 5In our search through the world's craziness and intelligence, in our journeys and pilgrimages, we each may come to COMBINE our wisdoms from around the world, and be a HUMAN tribe, not hold desperately onto our own methods in the face of global knowledge and reason.  It is ok to have an identity, a tribal history and love, but does it have to be exclusive?  Not in America, and look at all of the corporations and governments still trying to insert themselves and CONTROL the greatest sources of global knowledge ever to come along: world universities, the internet, religions.  Look at them SURVIELLING AND OPPRESSING and charging higher and higher FEES to their own people as a means of control, mimicking each other in a hypocritical bid to NOT be like the other guy, when they mostly end up being EXACTLY like each other.  We all end up exactly alike using nearly the same tactics, only to different degrees.   We CHOOSE to live by the law.  Our will CANNOT be cont The Kids Are Alright 6Art and education tells us the truth about the world.  THAT is what music does, and especially Rock and Roll: it helps us to push back the encroachment of flawed ideals long enough for us to study them and to reform our attitudes into something stronger, something better, something truthful, something priceless.  Are there casualties?  There are.  Any time we push through the doors of consciousness there are times when we push too far, or are ourselves pushed too far and over a cliff, or thugs are sent out to beat us down.  The outriders and scouts sometimes don't come back; the prophets are consumed in the repressions of their damning society and their era, always inherently geared towards backlash; the shamans go on their vision quests and one day don't return (maybe because no one listened anyway, or didn't comprehend), and we are left to close ranks and find more volunteers.  The people are caught between joining those wanting change and following lead

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You're welcome!  Sorry for the late reply! :)
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