creativity under pressure

I think Scott was on to something. Something that David Bowie also discovered when he found out he was terminally ill with cancer. Something that perhaps now will inspire a new trend among us aging Baby Boomers. What was it? It’s that if you are an artist you might experience a sudden burst of creativity spurred by the knowledge of your imminent death.

This wonderful article in the Guardian describes how this happened to Bowie. If you’re new to the going to goa blog you may be interested in seeing this short documentary on Death Cafe. Scott Morgan’s oncologist in Goa thought Scott was on the cutting edge with his desire and ability to create art—over 200 paintings–from his sickbed. Dr. Salkar was so inspired he contracted a filmmaker to create the documentary about Scott. I posted it to Death Cafe because that site is dedicated to shedding light on the topic of death and dying and taking the mystery and taboo away from it.

David Bowie’s Lazarus video shows a man creating music and song from his deathbed. I can’t help but think he was channeling Scott who went before him in a similar fashion.

Talk about Creativity Under Pressure.

Advertisements

One thought on “creativity under pressure

  1. “Under Pressure”

    Pressure pushing down on me
    Pressing down on you, no man ask for
    Under pressure that burns a building down
    Splits a family in two
    Puts people on streets

    It’s the terror of knowing
    What this world is about
    Watching some good friends
    Screaming, “Let me out!”
    Tomorrow gets me higher
    Pressure on people – people on streets

    Chippin’ around, kick my brains ’round the floor
    These are the days – it never rains but it pours
    People on streets – people on streets

    It’s the terror of knowing
    What this world is about
    Watching some good friends
    Screaming, “Let me out!”
    Tomorrow gets me higher, higher, higher…
    Pressure on people – people on streets

    Turned away from it all like a blind man
    Sat on a fence but it don’t work
    Keep coming up with love but it’s so slashed and torn
    Why, why, why?

    Love

    Insanity laughs under pressure we’re cracking
    Can’t we give ourselves one more chance?
    Why can’t we give love that one more chance?
    Why can’t we give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love?..

    ‘Cause love’s such an old-fashioned word
    And love dares you to care for
    The people on the edge of the night
    And love dares you to change our way of
    Caring about ourselves
    This is our last dance
    This is our last dance
    This is ourselves
    Under pressure
    Under pressure
    Pressure

    SONGWRITERS
    BOWIE, DAVID/MERCURY, FREDDIE/TAYLOR, ROGER/DEACON, JOHN

    Like

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s