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Searching for music is like searching for God …

they’re very similar

Searching – David Bowie

David Bowie (David Robert Jones)
Born January 8, 1947 – Died January 10, 2016
English singer, Songwriter, Actor

Searching – David Bowie – Knighthood

In 1999, David Bowie was made a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music the same year.


However, David declined the royal honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000, and turned down a knighthood in 2003, stating later [that] “I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that.

I seriously don’t know what it’s for.

It’s not what I spent my life working for.”

“Searching” – David Bowie – Video

and it really only boils down to a few songs – based around

lonliness (to a certain extent),

coupled with isolation,

some kind of spiritual search,

and looking for a way into communicating with other people

and that’s about it

that’s about all I’ve ever written about in 40 years

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“Van Gogh’s Boat”


Van Gogh’s Boat – Bio

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Born December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988)
American Artist


“Van Gogh’s Boat” – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Basquiat first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO©, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums internationally.

Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual”, as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism, while his poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle. He died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at age 27.

In 1980, Basquiat met Andy Warhol at a restaurant. Basquiat presented to Warhol samples of his work, and Warhol was stunned by Basquiat’s genius and allure. The two artists later collaborated. When Andy Warhol died on February 22, 1987, Basquiat became increasingly isolated, and his heroin addiction and depression grew more severe.

Despite an attempt at sobriety during a trip to Maui, Hawaii, he died on August 12, 1988, of a heroin overdose at his art studio on Great Jones Street in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood.

He was 27 years old. He has now been included in the “27 Club.

Van Gogh’s Boat – David Bowie Sale


Ten months to the day after his passing, the bulk of David Bowie’s personal art collection – some 400 works in total – went on the block at a three-part auction at Sotheby’s on Nov. 10-11, 2016, fetching a grand total of $41.1 million.

More than $30 million was sold on the first night alone, where well-heeled (and furred) attendees raised paddles against bids submitted around the world via phone and the Web.

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Air Power” was the evening’s — and the auction’s — top seller at $8.8 million, trouncing the pre-auction estimate of $3.3 million to enthusiastic applause

David Bowie Art Auction Fetches $30 Million on First Day. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Air Power,” which David Bowie bought in 1995 for $120,000, sells for $8.8 million at London auction.

Van Gogh’s Boat – Collectors

Notable private collectors of Basquiat’s work include David Bowie, Mera and Donald Rubell, Lars Ulrich,Steven A. Cohen, Laurence Graff, John McEnroe, Madonna, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Swizz Beatz, Jay-Z and Johnny Depp.

Van Gogh’s Boat – Basquiat Movie


In 1996, seven years after the artist’s death, a biographical film titled Basquiat was released, directed by Julian Schnabel, with actor Jeffrey Wright playing Basquiat. David Bowie played the part of Andy Warhol.

Schnabel was interviewed during the film’s script development as a personal acquaintance of Basquiat.

Van Gogh’s Boat – Van Gogh’s Ear

Everybody wants to get on the Van Gogh boat

There’s no trip so horrible that someone won’t take it

The idea of the unrecognised genius slaving away in a garret is a deliciously foolish one

We must credit the life of Vincent Van Gogh for really sending this myth into orbit

I mean, how many pictures did he sell, one?

He couldn’t give them away

He has to be the most modern artist, but everybody hated him

He was so ashamed of his life that the rest of our history will be contribution to Van Gogh’s neglect

No one wants to be part of a generation that ignores another Van Gogh

In this town, one is at the mercy of the recognition factor

One’s public appearance is absolute

Part of the artist’s job is to get the work where I will see it

I consider myself a metaphor of the public

I am a public eye – a witness – a critic

When you first see a new picture, you don’t want to miss the boat

You have to be very careful

You might be staring at Van Gogh’s ear

“David Bowie, Rock God”


“David Bowie, Rock God” – Bio

Ricky Gervais (Ricky Dene Gervais)
Born June 25, 1961
English comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, singer, and musician.

“David Bowie, Rock God”

a few years later I emailed David on his 57th birthday

it read: “57???? Isn’t it about time you got a proper job? Ricky Gervais, 42, Comedian

He replied

I have a proper job. David Bowie, 57, Rock God

“I Can’t Trace Time”


“I Can’t Trace Time” – Bio

David Bowie (David Robert Jones)
Born January 8, 1947 – Died January 10, 2016 pop band
English singer, songwriter, actor, and popular figure in music for over five decades, becoming acclaimed by critics and other musicians for his innovative work.

“I Can’t Trace Time” – Note

… nothing more to say …

… as always, thank you for reading …

… John …


“I Can’t Trace Time” – David Bowie

Oh, yeah

Still don’t know what I was waitin’ for
And my time was runnin’ wild
A million dead end streets and
Every time I thought I’d got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet

So I turned myself to face me
But I’ve never caught a glimpse
How the others must see the faker
I’m much too fast to take that test

Turn and face the strange
Don’t want to be a richer man
Turn and face the strange
There’s gonna have to be a different man

Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence
And so the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same

And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re goin’ through

Turn and face the strange
Don’t tell them to grow up and out of it
Turn and face the strange
Where’s your shame?
You’ve left us up to our necks in it

Time may change me
But you can’t trace time

Strange fascinations fascinate me
Ah, changes are takin’
The pace I’m goin’ through


Turn and face the strange
Ooh, look out you rock ‘n’ rollers
Turn and face the strange
Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older

Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time

“Never Play To The Gallery”


“Never Play To The Gallery” – Bio

David Bowie (David Robert Jones)
Born January 8, 1947 – Died January 10, 2016
English singer, songwriter, actor, and popular figure in music for over five decades, becoming acclaimed by critics and other musicians for his innovative work.

“Never Play To The Gallery” – Note

never play to the gallery

but you never learn that until much later, I think

never work for other people in what you do

always remember that the reason that you initially started working was that there was something inside yourself that you felt that if you could manifest in some way, you would understand more about yourself and how you co-exist with the rest of society


I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other peoples’ expectations

they generally produce their worst work when they do that

the other thing I would say is that


always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in

if you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area

and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom

you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting

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