Über-trendy nightclub, natty attire, a box of Gitanes – the first time we met David Bowie. That’s a story for another day and another place. Today, in the early morning hours as we spoke with a friend and watched the news from the opening of the China markets on Bloomberg News we saw the screen fill with the news that David Bowie has taken his leave.
It was a classy departure. For eighteen months Bowie fought against his cancer. He knew. He had a time line.
Bowie fought to live against six heart attacks. He had work to do. Bowie departed on his terms.
For eighteen months he fought cancer and six heart attacks. It was kept quiet. There were no publicity leaks, no maudlin dramas, no exploitation. It was a dignified loosening of the bonds which tie us to this earth. Then on his birthday this past Friday on January 8 David Bowie released his 25th musical album. His work done, Bowie took his leave from the great stage.
His last work, performed with the full knowledge of the little time remaining, is a wink and a nod to us. How else to explain the last song and video Bowie released? The song is the otherworldly “Lazarus“. Come forth:
“Look up here… I’m in heaven… This way or no way… You know, I’ll be free… Just like that bluebird… Now ain’t that just like me.”
Like Sinatra, Bowie did it his way. It was a classy departure. He did his work. Took care of business. Left us all a farewell. A class act.
For years Bowie has provided part of the soundtrack to this website. When those young Americans stopped a terror attack on a train we played Bowie’s “Young American”. In 2013, along with Bowie’s ominous song, we asked the question “Where are we now?” We employed “Panic in Detroit” during the bankruptcy of that once great city. We mocked Michelle Obama’s ridiculous cocktail dress outfits with vicious juxtapositions which featured Bowie during his Ziggy space alien phase. Our Orwellian world and the totalitarianism of the left has a soundtrack in Bowie’s album “Diamond Dogs” as the chorus from the left sings out “We want you Big Brother!”
These days our ears turn more and more to a little known, little appreciated work by David Bowie we have referenced before: Cygnet Committee.
Cygnet Committee is “David Bowie’s little known, almost forgotten masterwork repudiating 1968 collectivist bull-s*it”. For years David Bowie willingly slaved in the leftist world of “peace” and “love” only to discover that it was all a lie. Bowie discovered that the slogans of peace and love masked a totalitarian evil and he left – with a song that punctured all the lies.
Cygnet Committee is a counterrevolutionary song as honest as the Beatles own “Revolution” with its denunciation of those on the left who praised Chairman Mao – the totalitarian leftist butcher of Beijing. Cygnet Committee is an attack on the left and Orwellian language in which “peace” is a disguise for forced silence, where “love” is a speech and conduct code against human freedom and liberty:
And We Know the Flag of Love is from Above
And We Can Force You to Be Free
And We Can Force You to Believe”
And I close my eyes and tighten up my brain
For I once read a book in which the lovers were slain
For they knew not the words of the Free States’ refrain
“I believe in the Power of Good
I Believe in the State of Love
I Will Fight For the Right to be Right
I Will Kill for the Good of the Fight for the Right to be Right”
And I open my eyes to look around
And I see a child laid slain
on the ground
As a love machine lumbers through desolation rows
Ploughing down man, woman, listening to its command
But not hearing anymore
Not hearing anymore
Just the shrieks from the old rich
For that act of truth, that honesty against his very friends, we applaud David Bowie. These days truth is an unwanted commodity.
In our last article of 2015 we wrote:
We have no doubt that 2016 will be a horrid year. We do not doubt that Barack Obama, like a wounded animal thrashing about, will continue his attempts to rip the Constitution and the fabric and future of the country.
Thus far, 2016 is utterly horrid. It’s going to get worse. Today David Bowie, still creative and powerful, departed.
Tomorrow, Barack Obama, rabid and savage, will continue his assault on the nation with a set speech before congress. It will be horrid.
The good news? It’s Obama LAST State of the Union speech. Obama will leave. It will be ugly. He won’t leave in a decent manner. There will be class warfare but no class. No decency. No honor. Just Michelle in an ugly cocktail dress and Barack spewing his hate in the name of the left.