Music Monday: Lazarus

On September 19, 2014, I wrote the following on IPR:

New York City — my old stomping grounds — a modern day $odom and Gomorrah — the sewers are cleaner than the streets — the Republican Party owns a suite in Trump Tower where they put on Burlesque shows every Thursday night. It’s nothing to worry about. Libertarians are fine.

“Come on up for the rising”

Years later, David Bowie released this song, with the title of my name (Lazarus) and a passage mirroring what I wrote above:

By the time I got to New York (my old stomping grounds)

I was living like a king (a suite in Trump Tower)

Then I used up all my money (a modern day $odom and Gomorrah)

I was looking for your ass (Burlesque shows)

This way or no way (It’s nothing to worry about)

You know, I’ll be free (Libertarians are fine)

Just like that bluebird (Come on up for the rising)

Now ain’t that just like me (Lazarus)

Did I inspire Bowie to write this song?  Maybe.  The thematic similarities between the song and my blurb on IPR cannot be denied.  Plus, the blurb was written before Bowie wrote the song.  Perhaps most telling, I used the name “Lazarus the Great” as the author of the blurb, while the title of the song is “Lazarus” even though this name is not mentioned in the song (it is an allusion to the story in the Gospel of John of Jesus rising Lazarus of Bethany from the dead).  There is a strong possibility Bowie read my post and then wrote the song (or at least the passage above) in response.

Kareem Caliente calls my 2014 blurb “prescient” not only because of its foreshadowing of “Lazarus” but because I made the connection between the Republican Party and Donald Trump before anyone had any idea he would run for President, much less become the Republican Party presidential nominee and President itself.  Perhaps with the sarcastic tone of the final two sentences I foresaw the death of Libertarianism (as Nathan Norman declared last week), and then with reference to the Springsteen song “The Rising,” I saw the rise of the Alt-Right from the corpse of Libertarianism, just like Lazarus.

Maybe I’m a prophet.  Or maybe I’m just lucky.

Monday Entertainment: Wild Is the Wind #MusicMonday #MondayMotivation

The final track on “Station to Station“, “Wild Is the Wind” is the only song on the album David Bowie himself did not write.  Scranton-born Ned Washington authored its lyrics. Though a love song, just like the previous, its protagonist the Thin White Duke recognizes how tenuous love can be and how it can blow away in the wind like leaves from a tree.  Likewise, America, or at least the silent majority, currently loves President Elect Donald Trump, but that can change (my time was running wild) like the wind.  The love can last if as President, Trump does what he has promised, to Make America Great Again.

Like a leaf clings
To the tree
Oh my darling,
Cling to me
For we’re like creatures
In the wind
And wild is the wind
Wild is the wind

Monday Entertainment: Stay #MusicMonday #MondayMotivation

The fifth track from “Station to Station“, in “Stay“, the Thin White Duke wants his companion to stay with him rather than simply leave after a one night stand.  Donald Trump‘s pre-campaign fame was like the one night stand.  His place in history was nothing more than a footnote.  However, because he, like the Thin White Duke, decided to stay (or asked America to stay with him), he changed the course of history, and has become a permanent fixture in the grand scheme of things.

‘Cause you can never really tell
When somebody
Wants something you want too

Monday Entertainment: TVC-15 #MusicMonday #MondayMotivation

When television dominated American culture, like the Thin White Duke, Donald Trump, was right in the center of it all, hosting The Apprentice.  Today, television is no longer the focal point of culture.  Trump has left The Apprentice and is now in the middle of what has become the centerpiece of culture; the Internet.  Trump’s understanding of Twitter as a medium to communicate with America propelled him into his current position as President Elect.

Still, President Elect Trump loves watching television.  And, in appreciation of things past, he remains Executive Producer of The Apprentice.  The show makes its season premier tonight with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the host.

In honor of the magic of television, which will likely turn holographic in our times, enjoy the fourth track from Station to Station (channel surfing?):

Monday Entertainment: Word on a Wing #MondayMotivation #MusicMonday

In a followup to “Station to Station” and “Golden Years“, the third track from David Bowie‘s prophetic album “Station to Station” is a straightforward discussion of faith and destiny in “Word on a Wing“.  The protagonist, the Thin White Duke, in many ways a foreshadowing of Donald Trump, discusses his struggles with faith and the Lord’s Will while maintaining continued belief.  He is then ordained with the grace of God.

Likewise, Trump has admittedly struggled with his faith in getting divorced twice and losing his brother Fred Jr. to alcoholism.  However, today, Trump is widely recognized as a true believer.  He cites the Bible as his favorite book and won the largest share of evangelicals of any previous presidential candidate.  As President Elect, with his “word on a wing” accepted, Trump is “ready to shape the scheme of things” in bringing about the Lord’s Will.

Lord, I kneel and offer you
my word on a wing
And I’m trying hard to fit
among your scheme of things

It’s safer than a strange land
But I still care for myself
And I don’t stand in my own light
Lord, lord, my prayer flies
like a word on a wing

My prayer flies
like a word on a wing
Does my prayer fit in
with your scheme of things?

In this age of grand illusion
You walked into my life
out of my dreams
Sweet name, you’re born once again for me
Just as long as I can see, I’ll never stop this vision flowing
I look twice and you’re still flowing
Just as long as I can walk
I’ll walk beside you, I’m alive in you
Sweet name, you’re born once again for me
And I’m ready to shape the scheme of things