Learning from David Bowie

A wonderful quilt called ‘Ziggy!’ – made by Ann Beech, which I saw on display at the Festival of Quilts a couple of years back. I can’t find a link or contact for the artist, so I haven’t been able to ask permission to use it here – if anyone knows how to contact her, I’d be so grateful if you could let me know. This photo is taken from the Contemporary Quilt website (The Contemporary Quilt is a specialist group of The Quilt Guild of the British Isles).

All day today, I’ve been listening to the tributes to David Bowie, who so sadly died, much too young, yesterday. Although I am not going to make a claim to being a lifelong devoted fan of Bowie (that wouldn’t be fair on his proper fans), I do love his music – as a teen in the 80s, I remember recording (on my little shoebox tape player, carefully placed as close to the radio speaker as possible) his songs ‘Ashes to Ashes’ and then later, ‘Let’s Dance’ from the Radio 1 chart show on a Sunday night. In recent years, I’ve got to know some of his music from earlier years too – with just as much appreciation, and with far better technology!

So, like I said, I’ve been listening to the radio all day, hugely moved by the way in which so many people wanted to talk about Bowie and his generous nature and outstanding talent, and I started jotting down what people were saying about his creativity, and what made him great.  I’m recording here what they told me about creativity, how it works, how to make the most of it and nurture it (even when you have not been blessed with an outstanding, once-in-a-generation talent to go with it!). Here’s what I heard:

Learning from Bowie

RIP David Bowie.

5 thoughts on “Learning from David Bowie

  1. I too was listening yesterday and found it very moving. I’m not a devoted fan either, but very much an appreciater, if there is such a word. And definitely the thing I admire the most about him is his amazing creativity. Thank you for the list, such good words to remember.

  2. He was an important part of the soundtrack of my youth, always inspirational and the attributes you so well distilled from the tributes resonate and prompted me to do my first ever post anywhere. I loved the way Bowie performed his music and collaborated with so many artists of different genres and agree we can learn a lot from his artistry, it is a big and sad loss that he’s gone.

  3. Really saddened by the news. Like for so many, Bowie provided a soundtrack to my teenage years. I too have enjoyed hearing the tributes today and listening to his music. In 1983, my best friend and I saw him at Milton Keynes Bowl on his Serious Moonlight tour – amazing. A creative genius.

  4. He was sort of an anthem to my youth . I can’t claim either to being a die hard Bowie fan , but he was always there playing in the background over the decades

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