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Where are we now?

January 9, 2013

I was, as usual, up early yesterday morning. Once I had dropped my partner off at the train station and returned home I slipped into my routine: put on the kettle, feed the cats, empty the dishwasher but before anything else I put on the radio.  BBC 6Music has been my station of choice since it launched in 2002.   “something…something…something… David Bowie’s new single…. something something… exclusive… on the breakfast show”.

A smile came to my face and I said to myself “you sly old viper…”. I was of course referring to Bowie and not myself. I thought it clever that he appeared out of the blue with a new release.

Did I like it? Damn sure I did. I’m not a Bowie fanatic so I’m not sure what caused the smile to remain on my face for the remainder of the day.

The video certainly helped.

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Bowie and his producer (Tony Visconti) had succeeded in delivering an album to the world without a suspicion that anything was afoot. The man is retired (we were told), the man is seriously ill (we were told). We were told… but not by Bowie.

I reflected on the near instantaneous update-fever that social media has brought us. We see work-in-progress and we hear of plans before creation begins. I’m as guilty (if that’s the right word) as the next person.

I wonder. I really wonder if there’s something to be said for saying nothing and getting on with your art. Saying nothing until you’ve created and it can speak for itself.

I’ll leave the last word with the Thin White Duke
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  1. January 13, 2013 8:40 pm

    I think that with the profile Bowie has, he doesn’t need to rely on pre publicity to sell his wares…His struggling days are long and far behind him..

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