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Bowie, David - 2013 Dancing Out in Space

Identifier

019608

Type of spiritual experience

Background

The Secret Jewish History of David Bowie - Seth Rogovoy [from The Forward 2013.]

At age 66, Bowie seems creatively reinvigorated. The album [the Next Day] looks back with wistfulness at his “Berlin period”: He sought refuge there from Los Angeles and cocaine in the late 1970s, during which time he reached his creative peak on a trio of albums. He also tackles such topics as mortality, celebrity and, of course, outer space, a perennial concern since he first gained international recognition with “Space Oddity.”

But it’s inner space that has always primarily moved Bowie, and as much as “The Next Day” is a great listen, what we’re really looking forward to is Bowie’s day after the next.

 

From the Next Day

1.   The Next Day

2.   Dirty Boys

3.   The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

4.   Love Is Lost

5.   Where Are We Now?

6.   Valentine's Day

7.   If You Can See Me

8.   I'd Rather Be High

9.   Boss Of Me

10.   Dancing Out In Space

11.   How Does The Grass Grow?

12.   (You Will) Set The World On Fire

13.   You Feel So Lonely You Could Die

14.   Heat

15.   So She

16.   I'll Take You There

17.   God Bless the Girl

Wikipedia
David Bowie mentions Rodenbach in his song "Dancing Out In Space" . The exact line, "Silent as Georges Rodenbach", is possibly referring to Rodenbach's book of poetry "Le règne du silence" (The Reign of Silence) including the final poem "Du silence".

A description of the experience

Dancing Out in Space David Bowie

 

Cutting through the water
Hands upon the ghost
To the city of solid iron
Through the kingdom of the ghost
Send your friend away now
Let him sail back home tonight

Something like religion
Dancing face to face
Something like a drowning
Dancing out in space

No-one here can see you
Dancing face to face
No-one here can beat you
Dancing out in space

Silent as Georges Rodenbach
Mist and silhouette
Girl, you move like water
You’ve got stars upon your head
You’ve got my name and number
You’ve got to take the floor

Something like religion
Dancing face to face
Something like a drowning
Dancing out in space

No-one here can see you
Dancing face to face
No-one here can beat you
Dancing out in space

Dancing face to face
Dancing out in space

Dancing face to face
Dancing out in space

Dancing face to face
Dancing out in space

 

The source of the experience

Bowie, David

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Observation contributed by: John Bryant