Is David Bowie a Blackstar? March 10, 2016

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Is David Bowie a Blackstar?
2 Months after Bowie Passed

Two Months After David Bowie’s Death, I Have to Ask: Is David Bowie a Blackstar?
by Geri Hearne
photo credit: Sarah Grossberg

Some deaths hit you harder than others. Even when you don’t know the deceased personally. Earlier this year we lost several rock legends. David Bowie’s hit me strongest. When Bowie died, I felt his energy around my heart. It was emotional. And it made me cry. A lot. For weeks.

It's odd because I was not a great David Bowie fan. I never bought his albums, nor attended his concerts. But I knew of him and enjoyed his work. I appreciated his individuality and creativity. And when he passed, the grief of losing my mother came to me as well. Another oddity. The thought of mom and Bowie together. Then I remembered Bowie sang with Bing. She loved that. Mom was an opera singer. She also liked Crosby the Crooner. And then there is this other Bowie thing that made her laugh. It concerned her husband, my dad.

Growing up in a large family back in the ’70’s, my brothers and sisters joked about “Ground Control to Major Tom,” which we sang behind dad’s back. Dad was a retired major in the Army and his name was Tom. In fact, I remember mom singing the chorus and laughing about what it meant to our family, as dad may have alienated us a time or two with his nose in books rather than our business.

“Changes” and then “Let’s Dance” rocked me during the disco era. Also, if I were honest, I would tell you this dreamer, more than once imagined a 'Starman Waiting in the Sky' who’d like to come and meet me. (You won't blow my mind! I'll keep it together, I promise!) But that’s it as far as my outward connection to Bowie. It seems he has been working subliminally on me because his loss is a great one for me. Since his passing, I have learned about “the Berlin years,” his latest albums and now the creativity behind “Blackstar." A very tough album to listen to along with hard videos to watch considering what they represent.

You know, in the years before Bowie died, I hadn’t considered him at all. But once his body was gone, his Soul seemed to force his way into my heart and the hearts of countless others. The tears flowed during the weeks that followed. But now that two months have passed, I want to tell you what the energy of Bowie means to me.

I am inspired to do a project with Bowie. Yes, he’s actually guiding me, though it all comes through me — my ideas, my thoughts and my actions. I usually work alone, but am partnering (one of Bowie’s strengths) with another artist (whom I met on the internet) to create. It seems I’m not the only one experiencing a bowie-ster (or boost) in creativity. There’s been a surge in sadness among his fans, but there has also been a surge of creativity, too.

Several fans in the “Church of David Bowie” group on Facebook reported a spark of inspiration, too. Snowzie Rose wrote, “I put paint on canvass for the first time in many, many, many years.” A father wrote that it was nothing short of a miracle when during his grief he played Bowie albums to the delight of his challenging and challenged son. The boy laughed and moved to the music. Sarah Grossberg started a series of Blackstar paintings right away. She says she’s been on a constant creative high since the day Bowie passed. A picture of one of her paintings accompanies this blog.

Bowie’s untimely death could be seen as the latest transformation for the one known as a rock chameleon. He brought us most notably Ziggy Stardust, Thin White Duke and Alladin Sane. But now, how to accept this change, which leads me to the question: What is a Blackstar?

I resonate with this, which I read on the internet: “A Blackstar is a transitional phase that is created when a collapsing star is close to reaching singularity, where the star’s influence becomes infinite and spacetime itself ceases to exist within it.” There’s more: “Although the star at this point has died, it has been transformed into something else altogether and its energy will continue to be released indefinitely.”

And what happened on the day he died? Here’s what Bowie wrote:

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried:
I'm a blackstar, I'm a blackstar.

So, here’s my question: When David Bowie died on January 10th, after just turning 69 years old, did he become a Blackstar? For me, at least, I say yes he did and is. While his body is no longer here, his spirit and energy has leaped into our consciousness and heartspace. Many of us are better for it. The pain felt by his family, close friends and devoted fans will go on for a long time. But there's something else we can feel, should we decide to go beyond grief. There's help for the fear and isolation you may be witnessing.

David Bowie, who called himself a Rock God, loved to create. Yes, time and space took his body. But Spirit is carrying his imagination and his love to gift anyone who has the open heart to receive. And while there are dedications still going on around the world, there is the invitation to celebrate David Bowie's life within your own self. I'm certain he would invite you to use what he has given you to improve your life. You can make your way out of your sadness, by taking the first step. Create something for yourself or something with him. Or just be with him and his music, the medium he embraced like a true lover. And that is that.

I read that the last account Bowie followed on Twitter was "God.” God is a tough act to follow, but I think Bowie’s up to the challenge where he is now. He's a Blackstar.