David Bowie On Bells

Creativity always comes from somewhere. Quite often it is sparked by the work of someone else. I thought that this video demonstrated that powerfully.

Today is the 4th anniversary of Bowie’s death in 2016. The 8th would have been his birthday. Thus an ideal week for Churches in Amsterdam to get really creative in paying tribute to the genius of Bowie.

3 separate church towers at three separate times of day played ‘Life On Mars’ on their bells. I was lucky enough to be at the Westerkerk when they did theirs at 12noon on 7 January.

Not only was this a moving and beautiful experience but it was an object lesson in building on what has gone before.

Bowie was a creative radical who wasn’t afraid to ‘steal’ from the work of others. He would have approved of this rendition as he no doubt approved of all the musicians he influenced after his ride to stardom.

For all of you out there, remember this: building on what has gone before is not theft, nor does it show a complete lack of originality. There is, after all, nothing new under the sun.

So wear your influences on your sleeve, pay your tributes and build from what you have learned. You will find your own voice by doing this and then maybe, one day, just maybe, someone will pay a tribute like this to you and your work.

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