There’s not much that hasn’t already been said about David Bowie, who was taken from us three years ago and who would have been 72 years old today; but I didn’t want the milestone to go unmentioned.
I’ve always been fascinated by his music, his creativity, changes of style, his collaborations, and his determination to set trends rather than follow them. An example of the latter is that while punk was happening, he was at the Hansa Studio in Berlin crafting a totally new sound for what became the Low album.
While working in the office at home today, I enjoyed listening to David Bowie’s Glastonbury appearance in 2000 on Spotify. There’s a great selection of his songs, some of which (for example, Hallo Spaceboy) I prefer to hear live. I well remember watching his set at the time on television, one of the truly great Glastonbury performances.
Note: This might possibly have been my favourite live album of 2018 had I heard it during the year, as it happens another Bowie live album to that accolade. See here.
I had a burst of creative energy before settling down last night, so I scribbled all my thoughts in a notebook and added to them (or amended them) several times before finally getting off to sleep. They were inspired by a number of negative things I had read or seen during the day. These are all things we can all do at any time to make the world a better place, read them below in a more coherent and better-organised list.
Build bridges, not walls.
Seek to understand others.
Talk to someone of faith, another faith, or no faith.
Visit a mosque, synagogue, or another place of worship.
Talk to someone of a different political persuasion.
Listen to children.
Don’t define others by race, colour, gender, sexuality, faith/no faith, or politics.
Visit a food bank or refugee charity.
Celebrate and embrace difference.
Challenge fake news.
Oppose all injustice, stand up for truth.
Be less judgemental.
Understand mental health better.
Say sorry easily.
Be generous in spirit.
Smile more and talk to strangers.
Make a difference where you are.
Please feel free to add suggestions to my list.