John J. Thompson
January 11, 2016
David Bowie captured the confusion and desperation of the modern age like no other pop artist.
A few weeks back I had Bowie on the brain. I was listening to Space Oddity and after the song "God Knows I'm Good" played - I could not get it out of my head. It's a story about a woman who is shoplifting because she has no money and needs to eat; but she has to remind herself that despite her sin, "God knows I'm good." Bowie, despite his sins, longed for something greater. I think of the first lines of Lazarus, Bowie's death giving greater context and meaning: "Look up here, I'm in Heaven." Is Bowie in Heaven? "I've got scars that can't be seen. I've got drama that can't be stolen. Everybody knows me now." There is much to draw from these first lines. Despite his scars and sins he has found his perch in Heaven for, perhaps he sang, "God know I'm good." David, you were an innovator, an influencer, and you challenged us all. You will be missed.
I really liked David (Jones) Bowie. He was creative. And did a lot of amazing things. Let his voice be heard. But truthfully I am disappointed in his departing video. I found it haunting. I don't want to voice this too publicly because of his the fans might react. I love his final photos. Not departing sing. I'm sorry.
My favorite videos and songs were those that brought David Jones forward. Eg., with Bing Crosby. Tina Turner ...
I pray he is in God's Choir now.
"Word On A Wing" is one of the most Christian songs that a secular artist has ever put out. It is basically a plea to understand God and how we as human beings fall so short and just have to trust Him. RIP David
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