Posts Tagged ‘Song’

As everyone this morning, I heard the news, via social networks. As millions of fans all over the world last week, I went to buy the vinyl copy of 26th album of one of my favorite artists. Blackstar. This brand new album, coupled with his discretion, took everyone aghast, making his departure all the most… surprising…

David Bowie went back to the stars, where he always belonged…

Normally, I don’t react on the internet to people passing away. In my mind, death is unfair, no matter the person. But as I don’t know famous singers, actors or whatever on a personal level, like family or friends, I can’t rely on the death and share my pain.

David Bowie is an all different case. Of course, I didn’t know him on a personal level, but I almost spent 3 years with him. Every day, as I was writing my novel Sol Sunburst, he was with me with his songs, pictures, music… all along. For 3 years, his work, life and songs for 1969 to 1974 as well as his character Ziggy Stardust helped me shape my own characters, Sol Sunburst, Angela, the Preacher…

5 years of his life and 15 songs forged that book. Without David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust, there wouldn’t be any Sol Sunburst…

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So I guess, even if sounds a bit weird or lame, “Thank you Mr Jones” would never be more appropriate on this day…

David Bowie was litterally a source of inspiration, and no doubt he’ll always be till the end of my own life, one way or the other. It is with deep sadness that I heard of his departure, after a long, quiet fight against a cancer… My thoughts are with his family and friends, as well as with people who, like me, were moved by his music…

The multi-faced artist leave behind a discography richer than any other musician would dream of, along with movies, paintings… We took comfort in knowing that no cancer will ever take away what he left us with…

Pick a song among all he made wasn’t easy. Many will choose to share his most known. As for me, I picked The Width of a Circle… It built my 10th chapter and follows the steps of the Street Preacher, who is just another incarnation of Bowie in Sol Sunburst. While listening to Blackstar and its religious themes, in a way, I was right to think of him in this role too…

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As you may or may not know, fifty years ago David Bowie released his first record. To commemorate this life achievement, a new best-of album Nothing has Changed just has been released. Fifty years, that’s impressive! From the generation that pretty much invented rock, there are not many important characters left and I’m pretty sure over the years to come, this kind of 50-year albums will be few. Pick whatever name you want from the 90’s or 00’s, and look at if they are still there now…

Love the cover by the way

Anyway, not the point. The point is David Bowie is releasing a new album! Full with classics, mostly from the 70’s, Nothing has changed is the perfect occasion for the newest generation to get to know the music of a man who litteraly changed the face of rock with his avatar Ziggy Stardust. It’s the occasion to see (well, listen to) the evolution of his own style, how he chose to redefine himself over 5 decades to push the music forward. On the downside, from what I gathered on the vinyl tracklist, songs are not sorted chronologically… maybe a choice, maybe not, those who are not familiar with the evolution of Bowie’s style, it might be surprising to jump from a genre to another.

For those who already know the drill, a best-of album is always the occasion to get back into the music whitout looking for 10 different albums to listen to a medley. But let’s face the reality: if you’re like me, you don’t need this “new album”, you already have the vinyls or CDs and you already know Let’s Dance, Ziggy Stardust, Golden years

But there is another way to “listen” to a best-of album of David Bowie! And this way, my fellow Bowie fan, is Sol Sunburst! Indeed, Sol Sunburst is a sci-fi novel loosely based on David Bowie’s songs from ’69 to ’74. A brand new way to rediscover songs you already know mixed into an original ecolo-rock story.

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2169. War, climate change and animal extinctions will soon overwhelm an Earth ravaged by human greed and neglect. In a last desperate attempt to save endangered species from extinction, humans combine animal genes with human DNA to create animoids – a half-human, half-animal breed.

While the rest of the world is pinning its hopes on Major Tom and his colonisation of Mars, the Diamond Dogs – an animoid eco-terrorist group – is busy trying to save the planet from imminent destruction.

Meanwhile, Sol Sunburst, a rock star whose prophetic songs and charm have turned him into a new messiah, is predicting an Apocalypse in five years. But this is all too soon for Angela, a Diamond Dogs rookie who is on a mission to transform this condemned world…

Sol Sunburst is available only on Amazon and Kobo for very small price, and a part of the benefits will be donated to the WWF. And if you wonder whether you’ll like my novel, I made a list to present it in 10 key points. Hope to see you around…

David Bowie  and his early work have a huge effect on my music tastes. As an hommage, each chapter of Sol Sunburst has been inspired by one of his song between 1969 and 1974.

One chapter, one song. Here is chapter 16: Ashes To Ashes

Yes, I know. This song is post-74 in Bowie’s discography, but it’s still alright and still fit the book construction. You’ll see ;).

David Bowie  and his early work have a huge effect on my music tastes. As an hommage, each chapter of Sol Sunburst has been inspired by one of his song between 1969 and 1974.

One chapter, one song. Here is chapter 15: Roll ‘n’ Roll Suicide

David Bowie  and his early work have a huge effect on my music tastes. As an hommage, each chapter of Sol Sunburst has been inspired by one of his song between 1969 and 1974.

One chapter, one song. Here is chapter 14: Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie  and his early work have a huge effect on my music tastes. As an hommage, each chapter of Sol Sunburst has been inspired by one of his song between 1969 and 1974.

One chapter, one song. Here is chapter 13: The Man Who Sold The World

David Bowie  and his early work have a huge effect on my music tastes. As an hommage, each chapter of Sol Sunburst has been inspired by one of his song between 1969 and 1974.

One chapter, one song. Here is chapter 12: Moonage Daydream

David Bowie  and his early work have a huge effect on my music tastes. As an hommage, each chapter of Sol Sunburst has been inspired by one of his song between 1969 and 1974.

One chapter, one song. Here is chapter 11: Quicksand

  1. Do like science fiction novels, especially anticipation and dystopia?
  2. Do you like stories with a vivid background echoing our own world?
  3. Do you like charismatic characters?
  4. Do you like stories with a dash of romance?
  5. Do you like animals? Especially felines like lions and tigers?
  6. Do you like David Bowie and his songs?
  7. Do you like glam rock, the 70’s and their key-figures such as Ziggy Stardust, Iggy Pop, Marc Bolan?
  8. Do you have some kind of ecological penchant?
  9. Do you like books when once you’re done you say “whaaaaaat?” then all the book comes in flashback and you say “wow”?
  10. Do you like at least one of these movies?

  

If you say “yes” to at least one of these 10 questions, you will definitely like my novel soon to be published, Sol Sunburst!

So don’t forget to take a note in your agenda: it’s released on the 6th of May 2014!

David Bowie  and his early work have a huge effect on my music tastes. As an hommage, each chapter of Sol Sunburst has been inspired by one of his song between 1969 and 1974.

One chapter, one song. Here is chapter 10: The Width of a Circle