I remember the day before it happened very well, it was full of strange coincidences: seeing number 69 (his age) everywhere, hearing Ashes to Ashes play in an abandoned amusement park on a cliff, finding messages addressed to someone called David written on dusty mirrors...
I have never had an obsession with him or his music, it's more of a bond that I have with the language of the ways in which he expressed himself. I only properly got acquainted with his story after having read A Life by Dylan Jones (highly recommended read). I probably couldn't tell you which song comes from which album or when it was released, although I have been listening to his music since I was a schoolgirl.
And yet, he was one of the very few people I missed my flight for, sacrificing my luggage, that travelled to one place while I got off the plane and went to see DB on Reality Tour gig.
I believe in magic, but not the sort from fairy-tales. I believe in the magic of rewards for hard work, I believe in the magic of determination and pouring your energy into what and who you love and feeling that love back, because that magic is real as you and I. Intuitively and through his music, I can see DB had plenty of such magic. I think his life must have been full of lucky/mysterious coincidences, which I regard as signs that you are getting better at doing your own kind of "magic".
When you have a good idea and you think, "Wow! That's a great idea but it's crazy and how will I make it work anyway?" I am pretty sure you have to try to make it happen. If we overcome all the roadblocks that stop us, make us think and go back to "the normal" and "the safe" territory, then we set ourselves on the quest of becoming true magicians. I am not saying we should switch off our common sense, on the contrary, we should train our common sense to tell us that we can succeed rather than fail and yet be ready for either. How is it relevant to DB? I am pretty sure, he bathed in his ideas, he went and danced with them, ate them for breakfast and made love to them and then gave birth to them in the most extravagant fashion!
I love to hear of the ways in which music touches different people and for me DB's work touched me in a very important, even life-changing sense. I am doing my best to practise my spells at work, I am looking at DB and thinking that we all create an opportunity to be magicians if we live and work with passion and be a little mad, a little eccentric, never apologising for creating something that is raw and genuine or absolutely fake and theatrical (through which we can sometimes see ourselves much clearer), never hiding the fact that what we do in life is basically searching every day for who we are and every day we realise that we don't know. never being afraid of transforming, changing, evolving and developing and yet, staying true to the very core of yourself.
Maybe I am overthinking here, or over-feeling the effect DB phenomenon has had on me, but it's true for me and I wanted to share it. How has music influenced you?
Peace and love to all!
Good luck and good work!