Monday, February 25, 2013

Random David Bowie Post

There are a few David Bowie-related things I wanted to share!

One is this picture and quote:
This is scanned from one of my early scrapbooks. Love the guy in the background.
I found this in some magazine (I don't even know which one) in my Interior Design class in 10th grade. That was about nine years ago. (Wow...) I came across it while working on a project, quickly tore out the page, shoved it in my bag, and felt momentarily guilty. For what, I don't know. Taking time away from class for DB obsessing? Tearing up a magazine needlessly? Who knows? I don't feel guilty anymore because it is amazing and I love the quote.

The page reads: "Never mind the stares. 'If I'm going to do something that could be provocative or artistically relevant, I have to be prepared to put myself in a place where I feel unsafe, not completely in control. I have no fear of failure whatsoever, because often out of that uncertainty something is salvaged, something that is worthwhile comes about. There is no progress without failure. And each failure is a lesson learned. Unnecessary failures are the ones where an artist tries to second guess an audience's taste, and little comes out of that situation except a kind of inward humiliation.'"

Inspiring, I'd say. This scrapbook was for a class my senior year of high school. My teacher left a note that says, "Wow! I love David Bowie's courage! (Can I have a copy of the quote?)"

Another item. This was recently posted by the official David Bowie people who update us via social media: David Bowie and me. It is an article about David Bowie as told by several people who have been close to him or worked with him over the years. If you are familiar with David Bowie and his music, you will recognize many of the names on the list. It is super interesting! I love the first one--its from the guy who damaged DB's eye, giving his famous appearance! Love it!

Third point. I would also like to take this moment to say that I am (was?) one degree of separation away from David Bowie. I used to take ballroom dance and my instructor was about to be married. During this time I met his soon to be brother-in-law, a fellow DB fan who had actually met him.

We danced a few times at a party to discuss this. He told me that DB is so famous and popular that he can be kind of stand-offish (understandable). So you have to approach him with something he's not used to, like "do you like animals?" Made me laugh. Despite the fact that he was joking about the last part, I have always remembered our conversation, in case I get to meet him one day.

And one more issue. Around the time I was a sophomore or junior in high school, the band, orchestra, and choir of my school took a trip to New York, New York during spring break to play some concerts.

My family and I were vacationing in Florida the week before, during, and after spring break. My mom was a chaperone for our New York trip so she and I flew up from Florida and took a taxi to our hotel to await the school groups. At least one bus-load of kids, on their way from the airport, had a mini tour that involved driving by David Bowie's house. To this day, I am devastated that I wasn't there! I don't know who is to blame for that, but someone should pay!

So those are my little, random DB things to share. Now you know just how much of a DB nerd I am. (There is SOOOO much more where that came from, but I don't think I need to share everything here.) If you need more DB randomness from yours truly, see my posts: David Bowie and Other Oddaments and Cento from David Bowie. Enjoy!

That is all for this segment of Nerdy Ravings! Til next time! (I should create a continuous segment with that title...)

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