Music Monday and Lazarus ~ #DavidBowie

A week after his death, it’s still difficult to fathom a world without David Bowie in it. Saddened by his passing as many of us were, I pored through my David Bowie music blogs, listened to his music, and read numerous articles about his incredible career. His latest album, Blackstar, released only three days before his death, is now at the top of the Billboard 200 Chart.

Blackstar contains several reflections on mortality and is also Bowie’s first No.1 album in the U.S.

The lyrics of the track, “Lazarus” allude to the emptiness left by death. At the end of the song’s video, Bowie leaves us by stepping into the unknown. It is a moving song, made all the more poignant since his death.

“Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now

This way or no way
You know, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now ain’t that just like me

I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now ain’t that just like me
I’ll be free …”

For my Music Monday blogs over the next weeks, I’ll be featuring all my favorite David Bowie songs. I hope you’ll join me,

~ eden



11 thoughts on “Music Monday and Lazarus ~ #DavidBowie

  1. Eden, the more I read about Bowie, the more I admire him – not only as an artist (that’s a given), but also as a decent person with strong values (sadly, this is absent with too many artists of his caliber). There have been so many touching details that have come out over the past week. Like how he and Iman socialize quietly with parents of their daughter’s friends; the very diverse reading list (your link via FB) that speaks to his insane curiosity and intelligence; how he walked around NYC devoid of stardom, pretty invisible and always polite. It is such a loss…but what a legacy on so many levels!

    1. Agree, Sue. He was an amazing artist and man. I watched a series of interviews he gave over the years and was struck by how “goofy” he was, and I mean this in a good way. He laughed heartily and was not shy of expressing himself for fear of appearing uncool. In maintaining his privacy and humanity, he ultimately became the “ultimate cool.”

      I will miss knowing he is amongst us. He lived within walking distance of where my grandmother lived in NYC. Otherworldly he may have been, but I imagine he enjoyed being with us mortals somehow 😉 xo


    1. Hi Nocturnaltwins, thank you for the comment. It is a gut-wrenching video and can be interpreted in so many ways, especially since his death. Those two songs are definitely part of the list. xo

  2. Like a lot of people, I’m more familiar with his earlier hits – which I just love and are part of my own life soundtrack so I look forward to you introducing me to more of his work. What I find beautiful in Lazarus, besides the lyrics, is that his voice was still strong.

  3. Letizia, I started listening to David Bowie in the early 80s with “Let’s Dance” and “Modern Love” and quickly went back in time to discover all his music and many personas. His newer work is less familiar to me as well, but I think that is the amazing thing about Bowie’s music for me — it’s ever changing, and yes … his voice, incredible still.


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