David Bowie and 9/11

It’s 19 years ago today since the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened in New York. I think everyone knew where they were when they became aware of what was happening. I was still on maternity leave, visiting my parents with my two month old baby son. My mother and I had entered a shop with junior asleep in his stroller and we heard the breaking news on the radio there. We thought they were talking about a movie plot at first, but the shop attendant said that he thought this was really happening. We rushed back to my parents’ flat where my father was glued to CNN, telling us in complete shock (I can still see him sitting there in my mind’s eye) that a second plane had just hit. The rest of the day was very surreal and we were glued to the TV screen. Even now, when I see images again, it still feels shocking to me. It was an event that had a huge impact on the world.

In October 2001 there was a charity concert for New York City after these horrible terrorist attacks. David Bowie opened the concert with two songs, the first a touching cover of the Simon & Garfunkel song America and the second his awesome own song Heroes. I came across his performance again today and I found especially the America song still very touching, so I decided to share here…

My hope remains that love will always win out over hatred.

I will survive

When I want to feel good, Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive will always do it for me. I already mentioned that that song was brilliantly used in an episode of Lucifer but it was also briefly used on the final episode of the wonderful BBC sitcom Miranda and it was used in my favourite German movie called Jenseits der Stille (1996). I was just looking at all the versions this evening and decided to stick them back to back in one video…

So, now, when I need a smile, I can watch this on loop and my heart will explode with happiness and warmth each time. I recommend this as happiness tonic for everyone. 🙂

Fictional crush challenge – day 4

10 days, 10 fictional crushes
Post an image of a fictional character who has been or still is your crush. No names or explanations needed. TV, movie, book, comic, cartoon characters are valid.

Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie) from the 1986 movie Labyrinth which I saw at the impressionable age of 16. Jareth was evil but completely mesmerizing to me. I liked the movie well enough but fell in love with Jareth. It could have been the intense, sexy stare…

… or the way he moved.

… or the knowing, evil smile…

… or the pants that showed off his… erm… lean long legs so nicely.

I think this is the only truly evil character I have ever crushed on, maybe because, in a twisted way, he seemed to be acting out of love as well. So, to hell with evil. I figured if I were the girl in the movie I’d just dump the baby and stay in dreamland with Jareth and lose myself in his eyes. There was more than enough there to confuse and attract a 16 year old girl and give her a lot to ponder over.

I had noticed Bowie a few years before through Let’s Dance and China Girl and really liked those but after Labyrinth I became obsessed with Jareth for a little while and then even more so with David Bowie himself. Come to think of it, the leap from Jareth to Ziggy Stardust wasn’t that huge…

Here, watch some videos if you are so inclined…

Yes, camp, but mesmerizing too, no?

Tomorrow’s World

Matt Bellamy, lead singer of my fave band Muse, released a new song last week written during the Covid 19 lockdown. I knew it was coming but had missed that it was out already. Listened to it this morning and I wasn’t disappointed!

Tomorrow’s World is a ballad with piano and strings in the background. Matt wrote and performed it without the band, but it still has a distinct Muse sound to it. It’s a mesmerzing and eerie song and yet there’s a feeling of hope in it as well.

The title of the song is taken from a BBC tv show that used to air, talking about future developments and technology. What I love about Muse / Bellamy songs is that they are different, that melody and words fit and yet don’t quite fit as in this case with hopeful lyrics but a bit of an eerie sound. Play this song on repeat and I’m sure it can send you into a trance.

For anyone interested, there’s also a small interview with Matt about this song…

I love when people talk about their creative process like that and hearing about the feeling that went into this song.

It’s been a lazy morning here, with sleeping in, reading some things on my phone and getting sucked into the Muse rabbit hole. Now it’s time to jump into the shower, get dressed and move on to all the Saturday chores I have planned for today. Before I do that, though, I’ll need to listen to this song a few times more…

Sir Paul and James

I like The Beatles, I think I know pretty much all the biggest hits and I can sing along to a lot of them; I like them well enough but I would never call myself a fan. I’m also not a huge James Corden fan. He does The Late Late Show and I sometimes catch clips on YouTube of him doing Crosswalk Musicals (I loved the The Greatest Showman one he did with Hugh Jackman) and Carpool Karaoke, which I also tend to enjoy when I come across them. I have seen some of his sit down interviews and they don’t really speak to me, I feel that Corden shines way more when he does these Carpool and other sessions. I’m really late to this one but last night I came across his carpool session with Paul McCartney and that turned out to be something special. They were in Liverpool together, of course sang in the car together but also visited Beatles sites and for the first time in 50 years Paul went inside his youth home, which is now a museum. The two men got personal and the result was pretty awesome, touching, fun and surprisingly insightful.

I loved this, watched it twice, wiped away a tear or two and figured it’s a good thing to share today in my lunch break when I myself am feeling like this (tired, headache, bad hair day, unmotivated for work, etc.)…

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I have a video meeting in about 45 minutes. Maybe if I eat something, put on a little mascara, brush my hair properly and smile I’ll look better? Maybe taking another peek at that Paul McCartney video will help too? In any case, it’s time for a holiday. I have a week and a half planned off from Monday which I am already looking forward to.