Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Much has been said today following the death of David Bowie. Having grown up in the 70’s I have seen how, because of his imagery, his influence moved beyond music.

Bowie in The Next Day

 I have carried with me the lyrics of his song ‘Changes’ throughout my life. As a family it is one of the songs when in the car we turn up and sing a long to (don’t tell my son I said this!)

” Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Don’t want to be a richer man
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-changes
Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time”

This song which started out as a parody of a nightclub song was written by Bowie at a time of great change in his own life. It reflected the changes he saw in the world and the way in which he saw those who identified with his music were seeking to change the world.
“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 going through”

For me, the one certainly of life, is change and we both need to face change but also we should seek to influence the world to change for the better. To bring about change – bringing justice, mercy and peace is not always easy and it will often be at a cost.

Bowie’s death is a reminder that it is better to look back and say we are glad we did rather than we wished we had.

“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”

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About Sarah Mullally

If you wanted a blog run by an experienced blogger look elsewhere - I am a beginner. I am a mum, Bishop, Dame and poor potter - welcome.
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