Rest In Peace, David Bowie


“The truth is, of course, that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.”
-David Bowie
1947-2016

Happy Birthday, Bowie!

It’s been 4 years since we lost David Bowie – on January 10th, 2016 – and today – January 8th, 2020 – would have been David Bowie’s 73rd birthday, and I wanted to write a post to wish one of the most interesting, inspirational, and influential artists the world has ever known a very Happy Birthday – who is hopefully looking down upon us all right now.

To celebrate David Bowie’s birthday today I wanted repost the poem that I wrote for him following his untimely death in 2016, called:

“Always the Starman”

Now it is you
who is the Starman in the sky;
now you know the answer
to the question “is there life of Mars?”;
now you can see just how much
you made us all smile
and how much you made us all dance;
now it will be the stardust of you
that will fall to Earth
and makes our minds sparkle
like the stars at night;
now and forever you will be a hero
for many and not just for one day;
now you can embark
on your own space-oddity;
now and forever through sound and vision
you will speak to us
and you will sing to us all from afar;
now that you have reached
the centre of life’s labyrinth,
and as you now look back
and touch Earth from heaven
with an outstretched hand –
from one poet to another,
this is my tribute to you,
the Starman of Magic in the sky,
who will always be the eternal
and the immortal artist of life David Bowie.

And I also wanted to repost my poem that I wrote last year which was inspired by a brand new piece of street art inspired by David Bowie, called:

“Bowie and Me”

Every day of the week
I head down to Dudley Street
to meet, to greet, and to speak
with the one and the only
David Bowie,
and every time I see him
he talks to me and
he communicates so much to me
without even having to say a word
how lucky we all are to be alive
and walking the streets and the paths
of this world –
and every time I see him
I get this instant flash
of inspiration,
like a bolt of lightning,
that I try to imbue
into the art that I create
which always follows
my divine-like encounter with “Bowie”
who waits tirelessly for me
against a wall of blue
on Dudley Street like a gate-keeper
and a guide to a world of
wonder, imagination, and self-discovery.


“Bowie” by Annatomix – Dudley Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

And I also wanted to honour David Bowie once again by taking inspiration from his album Aladdin Sane and paying tribute to its iconic artwork by adorning the “Man in Black” who is the central character and who is on the cover of my book Playing God – which includes stories featuring a powerful hero who was also inspired by David Bowie and his timeless legacy of inspiring and motivating people to do unbelievably things… just as I was! Take a look at the Aladdin Sane-inspired cover of my book Playing God below:

And today is also the day when I have decided to start using my Collectors Edition David Bowie themed Moleskine notebook to begin writing who knows what? We shall see:

So, once again, I would like to wish the late great David Bowie a very happy birthday and I would like to thank him for all the inspiration that he has given me over the years!

Rest in peace, David!


1947-2016

-Mark

My Poem “Bowie and Me”

Every day of the week
I head down to Dudley Street
to meet, to greet, and to speak
with the one and the only
David Bowie,
and every time I see him
he talks to me and
he communicates so much to me
without even having to say a word
how lucky we all are to be alive
and walking the streets and the paths
of this world –
and every time I see him
I get this instant flash
of inspiration,
like a bolt of lightning,
that I try to imbue
into the art that I create
which always follows
my divine-like encounter with “Bowie”
who waits tirelessly for me
against a wall of blue
on Dudley Street like a gate-keeper
and a guide to a world of
wonder, imagination, and self-discovery.


“Bowie” by Annatomix – Dudley Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Happy Birthday, David Bowie!

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It was 3 years ago that I started writing a short-story in tribute to the late great @davidbowie following his death called "The Man in Black"… and it was almost a year ago that that short-story and the six others that followed it , which are all connected spiritually to one another, were published… and seeing as today is David Bowie's birthday I would like to publicly dedicate my book "Playing God" again to David. David Bowie inspired the powerful protagonist of my book of stories, just as he inspired me to write the stories that I wrote and to have the book that I had published. My book "Playing God" and the stories within will always be my life-long gift and tribute to David Bowie – and I hope that wherever he is he is watching over us just as we will continue to look up and be inspired by him! Happy Birthday, Starman! Happy Birthday, David! 😎🤩⭐🎈🎉🎊 #DavidBowie #HappyBirthday #PlayingGod #MarkHastings #ZelooMedia #book #dedicated #tribute

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“Let’s Dance…”

Playing God is here…

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My new book Playing God is finally here and in my hands! I put so much of myself into this book and into its protagonist and into every one of the seven stories within – but this book is also profoundly my own tribute to David Bowie as well! Every story is dedicated to David Bowie in one way or another, and you could say that the main protagonist is the most uber David Bowie fan that ever was! But this is not a book about David Bowie, nor are it's stories – however this book was definitely inspired by David Bowie and I wrote it in memory of him. I hope everybody enjoys reading my book as much as I enjoyed writing it! 😊 #MyNewBook #PlayingGod #MarkHastings #DavidBowie #stories #writer

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