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The Man Who Fell From Earth. Wednesday January 13, 2016

And so we woke Monday morning to the shocking news that David Bowie has left the earth. The Starman has travelled back up and into the sky.

It doesn't matter whether or not you are a fan, I think even those who have not counted him amongst their treasures are respectful of his legacy. There are not many who can touch lives across a huge spectrum of generations, tastes and continents and be respected for that old fashioned thing of being a good, understated, dignified human.

And how does his untimely departure meet with our usual daily connection together?

Well, I find it's where social media comes into its own, grows up, and teaches us that people are loving. Dipping into the tributes to hear individual stories from the everyday man and the everyday famous, brings a warmth and a kinship that can be lacking in daily life.

Even if Twitter or Facebook is not part of your life, you can still access these sites and the pages that are 'open', for example BBC Radio, or just search along the lines of "tributes to Bowie". Having a shuffle around, you will find all manner of people saying all manner of things and supporting each other independently through stories, art, experiences. I've seen slices of bread decorated with his face and 'that' zigzag in cream cheese (exceptionally good art too!), I've seen beautiful photographs old and new, I've seen concert tickets to see him costing £1.50 (oh how my purse laughed), I've read grown men expressing their shock at their own tears and I've read stories about the quiet man that have warmed my heart.

In essence, it tells us that the warmth and support we often believe only exists here in Moodscope Towers, also does really exist out there too. And that is a great thing to see and learn from.

In this world where stories of sadness and suffering are frequent and can graze our sensitive souls, there is still much to be proud of in our fellow humans. Never is it more evident than when a loss is shared by many. And that is a great thing to see and learn from. Much like our dearly departed good, respected, understated and dignified, David Jones. Too good to keep to one galaxy.

Love from

The room above the garage (gazing up at the stars).
A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.


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Margaret Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 5:24am

Dear The room above the garage
David Bowie will endure. His last music video clip Lazarus was a poignant and moving testimony to his ability to make his music tell the story. Sadly, he was not Lazarus, but his music lives on. Thanks for reminding us how important it is to take a moment and think about the impact he had on our own lives and celebrate a life lived to the full. Major Tom has floated away and there's nothing we can do but keep him alive in our memory.

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 9:27am

Hello Margaret, it is indeed poignant. He lives on and I thought he made his physical exit with such elegance.

Ange Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 5:32am

Thanks Room Above the Garage, what a great posting and you expressed so much of how I'm feeling about the death of Bowie. It was heartening not only to read your own thoughts, but it's also been very moving to read, and listen to, many people's memories of how his music has figured on their life road. His talent and dignity will be missed greatly. Keep gazing up at the stars, I'm there with you in a moonage daydream.

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 9:27am

Hello Ange, I'm enjoying your company in that daydream. Thank you.

Sue Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 6:00am

"There's a Star man waiting in the sky.
He'd like to come and meet us but he thinks he'd blow our minds"
When the countdown to a fearful event grips us, remember to

"Take your protein pill and put your helmet on"
After our time of grieving he'll

"Watch all the children boogie" again.
Hear the poignant words of his songs and be comforted.

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 9:28am

This is lovely Sue, thank you!

LillyPet Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 7:13am

David Bowie, a true artist in every sense of the word in life, in the sadness of his death and beyond. Even the mourning of his passing across the world is full of his beautiful spirit.
Thanks for giving us the space to pay our respects and tributes ratg. LP xxx

(Hope you had a good sleep after the way your week has started! Go easy xxx)

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 9:32am

Hello LP! A beautiful spirit indeed and I think he left many lessons we will continue to learn from. I didn't sleep very well to be honest (I need to send an email today stating my opinion on a delicate family matter and it was troubling me at 4am!!) but tonight is waiting for me to sleep long and soundly and I'm sure I will. Thank you for asking xxx.

Soulmansblue Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 9:03am

Hi TRATG,

If you're a fan of David Bowie I can understand what you must be going through. I remember clearly how I felt when Elvis Presley died. I was gutted!

Elvis was more than just my Idol, he was family, he was like a father to me. It was Elvis through his music that got me through when my Dad walked out.

It was Elvis who kept me on the straight and narrow, because no one could control me when my Dad left. I was angry and hurt and I felt betrayed.

It was Elvis I turned to and I disappeared into my own world of 'Rock n' Roll' thankfully without the drugs. So when Elvis died my world fell aprat for the second time.

To lose anyone is sad and it hurts, but as they say time heals. Not tomorrow or the next day but the pain will fade eventually and hopefully you will be left with memories to look back on and remember.

David Bowie will be remembered by his family and friends and by his many fans. I was never a fan but I do remember watching him sing with Bing Crosby at Christmas one time and it was enjoyable to watch.

Sadly he is one of the number who pass away each day.Some don't become Stars, some don't even see the light of day. Some don't get to say hi or goodbye.

Some know only poverty and others only wealth. Some joy, some sadness, others only pain. Some give so much and some just take what they can get.

Some struggle through each moment of everyday, while some seem to float on air. Some know God and others don't really care. Some starve while others have too much and could share.

One thing though we all have in common is we will all one day pass away. Some to be remembered and others so quickly to be forgotten. We will all one day face our maker and will will all be judged.

At that time, in that moment we will learn, what we will face for eternity. Then we will come to realise what we face now is nothing when compared to what is to come!

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 9:37am

Hello Soulmansblue, I believe we travel onwards so, although I am a fan and I was shocked, I'm left with nothing but admiration. Maybe that's indicative of where I am right now in my mental health journey. I can understand how Elvis became your beacon and why his death would have crushed you. Music is a constant thing in my life, all types, and it gets me through absolutely everything. Good to hear from you x.

Soulmansblue Thu, Jan 14th 2016 @ 12:26am

Travel onwards, I find that difficult! I feel more so that I am sliding backwards despite my best efforts. What music do you like besides Bowie? Do you write/record your own material? Play an instrument [don't say yes because I will get jealous [grin]]? DO tell! I do hope that you're a woman sending me kisses! x

danielle Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 9:14am

Another lovely blog, thank you RATG. You are correct that there is a lot of love in the world. I do struggle sometimes to focus on this rather than the bad but i will keep trying :) xxx

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 9:41am

Hello Danielle, maybe we simply cannot focus on the better stuff when we are low. Maybe all we can do is be aware of that happening. Awareness is its own blockade, its the first line of defence. Don't try too hard to look the other way, just be aware. I read a fabulous quote a couple of days ago..."it does not matter where you look, it matters what you see" Love ratg x.

susan Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 10:25am

Hello ratg, for a split second on Monday morning I thought 'well, that's it...Bowie has died. Which means that for sure we're all going to die'. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but I think he showed us the immortal side of himself, thereby giving us a glimpse of our own. You've been very busy -- hope you have a successful day. Thank you for such a lovely perspective this morning. xx

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 1:15pm

What a great line, "he showed us the immortal side of himself, thereby giving us a glimpse of our own". Great thought.

The Gardener Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 12:01pm

Noise, noise, noise. Bowie is dead, almost a day of mourning like Pavarotti. But, to me, what a reaction, listening to the tributes, and to the more famous songs. But with five kids who were teen-agers in the 70's and 80's David Bowie and his ilk were our enemies. They all had their own music machines - full blast - huge house, but it rocked with the rockers.The house with the swimming pool where ?? drove a Rolls Royce in was just down the road. The Moody Blues came round our house when it was for sale - enough land round it to stop the snooty neighbours (Weybridge) from kicking up too much fuss. Adam Faith came round too, scared at the cost of carpeting the place! At the time we were skint, and took in rich European kids to learn English. One, son of the producer of Asterisk books, found a kindred spirit in our second son - no limit to their mischief, including diverting all the main road traffic down a cul de sac. Needless to say these well brought up students only learned swear words and fell into the world of rock music and revolt with our lot. Anarchy ruled - eldest son so awful, and the four younger ones all set to follow suit, that we sent him to Australia on a one way ticket 'come back when you're better'. Our friends were envious, critical, but not brave enough to follow suit. Our son came back 6 months later, looking like something out of Jesus Christ Superstar - long blond curls on his shoulders - and clean! Turned out to be a great guy. Yes, David Bowie was great - our generation can't be blamed for a slightly caustic view - there were plenty of groups who seemed, to us, a 'power for evil' Alice Cooper among them. Then the drug scene came with them, so we had new worries. And, I think, the pocket-draining of the Hit Parade so there was a permanent drain on resources - 'must-have' records being in a different league from comics! What an era - and I agree that David Bowie is one of the 'greats' who has marked a generation.

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 1:20pm

Hello TG, I am laughing, what great stories to tell! What do your children say about growing up? Do they look at it with great fondness or do they only see it as 'life with mum and dad' and therefore unremarkable? I think it was an explosion. By the very nature of what was to unfurl, sexual freedom, it was going to have impact!

The Gardener Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 12:20pm

Just thinking while getting my machines going - life was 'telescoped' 60's seemed to be Beatles, the Kings Road and Carnaby street (plus jeans) then pouff! Girl friends, sex, sleeping together (the tears I've mopped up, boys and girls! when the current love of their life defected) and wall to wall rock music. Do others think it was an explosion? Or more gradual than I've made out.

Carla Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 12:40pm

To Room Above the Garage, I never was a diehard follower of David Bowie, but I do have some favorites in regards to some of his songs. He wasn't afraid to take chances, do his own things; for those reasons, and more, he will always be remembered. David Bowie was an icon and will be greatly missed!

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 1:21pm

'not afraid to take chances'...something I need to learn in that. Thank you Carla.

Victoria Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 12:45pm

oh goodness, this is my first return to Moodscope after almost a year...
I was caught by the title of your post, being a huge Bowie fan. He was without doubt the biggest cultural/musical influence on me, I grew up in his shadow, the house was full of his music, and now I still have many of his vinyl albums. Impossible to pick a favourite, let alone a favourite track! But like you, I found the tributes pouring in, very comforting, from celebrities and famous people, to the ordinary folk like me who grew up with him.
I loved reading your post. Thank you Room above the Garage. I am feeling very sad since his death - yet I didn't know him. So its immensely heartening to read of others experiencing the same...

(and in London many tube stations noticeboards feature his lyrics and quotes...).

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 1:22pm

Hello Victoria, how great you are back! I hope your year away has been because of good health!

Victoria Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 1:46pm

ah, well therein lies a story - I've been in intensive therapy and now struggling with this having ended - feeling very uncontained so Moodscope a good place to touch base. its all too easy to think you're the only person to feel a certain way (and I add being inadequate to this judgement!).

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 3:25pm

Then you must stay around and let us support you. Clearly, you have done much work so it would be a shame to allow it to unravel.

Victoria Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 6:12pm

thanks ratg - really appreciate that, as you're right, I've done a lot of work - the thing that hangs around the longest is the harsh inner critic - mine is like a firing squad... yes, moodscope is a good way of touching base. will try and check in regularly.

Victoria Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 12:47pm

ps. love your name by the way!! :)

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 1:22pm

:-) thank you x

Catherine Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 2:28pm

I was touched by this - thank you

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 3:25pm

Thank you for saying so.

Hitchhiker Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 2:57pm

Really great blog RATG! You are right that social media does shine in times like these. My teenage daughter showed me a great looping montage of all the hairstyles Bowie had ever worn. I think it was on Twitter but sorry, can't say how to view it. I am a social media dropout, LOL!! But it was cool. He was so free to let all aspects of himself shine through.

Also could relate to Gardener's post! My teenage son marked Bowie's death by playing Ziggy Stardust on vinyl at max volume. He showed me the old album cover. Written on the back cover it says. "to be played at maximum volume" it was actually great to have that music on.

I loved that in Bowie's last music video for Lazarus, the final scene is him stepping in to a wardrobe.........

To Victoria, Hang On To Yourself! Posting her has saved me many times.

Cheers all! RIP David Bowie

the room above the garage Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 3:35pm

Hitchhiker I love your response. And I think you can wear the badge of Great Parent to have a teenage son that both follows instructions and has a healthy admiration for music. I saw that very clip and I also saw this, which I just adore! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TncxHFmDEyM

Hitchhiker Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 4:31pm

Thanks for passing that link along, it is beautiful music! And thanks for the Great Parent badge! :) I will wear it proudly today! And try to remind myself of it more often. Alas, I usually award myself the ' what the heck did I do to mess this kid up so profoundly' badge!! A wonderful respite from that voice in my head today so many thanks again RATG!!

Victoria Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 6:14pm

just read this Hitchhiker - thanks for the reference - Hang on to yourself is a good one to try - I know Rock and Roll Suicide but its a bit much, always finishes me off whereas I seem to remember Hang on to yourself is a lot rockier... (I do love Rock n Roll suicide - beautiful but heartbreaking).

Hitchhiker Thu, Jan 14th 2016 @ 6:08pm

Hey Victoria, on the off chance that you check back here again, i thought I would reply! You are not alone! Yup, Rock'n roll suicide is beautiful. I think the best thing about David Bowie is he let all parts of himself be seen - and was not afraid to move on. Change. grow? Who knows, he was just himself. Seems to me like to put yourself out there like that you have to be incredibly self accepting and compassionate. I'm working on that all the time! Oh no love! you're not alone You're watching yourself but you're too unfair You got your head all tangled up but if i could only Make you care Oh no love! you're not alone No matter what or who you've been No matter when or where you've seen All the knives seem to lacerate your brain I've had my share, I'll help you with the pain Best to you Victoria! You are not alone!

Down the well Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 3:35pm

What a lovely blog, thank you RATG, I only know a wee bit of Bowie's work but know he was an utter innovator, and as somehow else said, not afraid to be himself and explore ask aspects of that self. We are a society so desperately need these people, to change the very parameters of what we deem to be possible. As for your comment that there's a lot of love in the world, I'm absolutely inclined to agree. I think the way people have responded to the floods in the UK is an indication of this, and also the way a large portion of our society has welcomed refugees. It is easy to be disheartened by the ills of the world, but there is always light and goodness to counteract those ills. Love to one and all xc

Down the well Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 3:37pm

Ha full of typos, that should read 'all aspects' and 'we as a society'. Bloody predictive text!!!

The Gardener Wed, Jan 13th 2016 @ 4:41pm

Ratg - you asked about our kids'childhood. It was so turbulent and 'different' their friends queued up for an invite. No electricity, no toilets no windows or doors second house. Exciting stuff - parents too busy other than to monitor the more hare-brained schemes. Also no money, camping for months. Whatever happened afterwards, I think (and they occasionally admit) that it was a 'golden' childhood in that we had space and no neighbors, so rowdy parties and loud music did not matter. No photos show 'normal' activities, they were always up trees, making camps, mending rooves, cleaning ponds (then we found we had a Norman moat, also to be cleaned in maximum mess). Then the local museum arrived - a dig - Elizabethan manor house. One regularly visiting child said to me recently (he's 55) 'we thought you were the original Bohemians'. What? 'You eat pasta'. We'd gone to Italy en masse and the children loved it. I said 'that's not Bohemian, it's cheap'. Second night in windowless house (had been excessively vandalised) a regular boy visitor at old house, he was about 9, came for the night. No windows, curtains, candlelight. Our mob started telling ghost stories - then an owl flew across the full moon! The visitor came to us crying for his Mummy. And, of course, we always had animals - guides camping in the orchard (equivalent of chastity belts for the boys, but I think Brown Owl? (brownies) was fierce). Our current life is much more sophisticated, of course, but for grandchildren there is the excitement of living in a town and walking across the square to buy your own morning bun.

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