Today I read that one of music's greats have passed, mr David Bowie, one of the pioneers of quirky and ambiguous, is now singing his tunes from a different place and even though I only sporadically appreciated his music, what he stood for and meant as a modern day hero did not go unnoticed.
He revolutionized the world of art, broke ground for the Madonnas, Björks and Gagas of our time and managed throughout his life, to continuously innovate and renovate his artistry. Not bad for a someone who's career spanned over 5 decades.
Although he was never a main player in my album collection, I danced to his music and knew most of his hits enough to sing along when they played on the radio, I remember in my youth to have taken some sort of hallucinogenic to the soundtrack of Life on Mars, it was a very befitting experience... He was, as my friend Eleanor so eloquently expressed it: 'The patron saint of all us freaks'.

And as we're talking of heroes gone, only a few weeks back another modern day one passed on, the great Lenny Bruce, the poster boy of rock'n roll.

I never liked his music, but was introduced to him by my rocking husband and got infatuated with the man, the myth and the fierceness. He detested religion, government and established authority and when asked about why he continued to drink and smoke even though he was facing serious health issues, his reply was: "Dogged insolence in the face of mounting opposition to the contrary".
The fact that he lived 'til 70 is nothing short of a medical miracle, a testament both to spirit and a motherfucking zest for life.
His death seems appropriate to the way his life was lived, surprising and sudden. He probably willed himself there too. Happily.
In an interview from 2013 he says:

"Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good."

Both Bowie and Lemmy, although perhaps not fitting the mold of the standard version hero, stood for something important and of immeasurable value to the human spirit, independent thinking and courage, to me that is the kind of heroism we all need today.

Rest well gentlemen, I betcha there's life on Mars now...



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