Last Friday night (September 23rd, 2022) I went with my mate Steve to see the new David Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream and it totally BLEW MY MIND! I didn’t know much about the film but I knew that I had to see it.
Actually, let me rephrase that last sentence…
I didn’t know much about the film but I knew that I had to experience it. And what an experience it was.
What I had experienced was a 134 minute aural and visual masterpiece with not one second wasted on fluff, padding or irrelevant content. Everything had its place and every place had its thing.
What did take me by surprise was how the film made me feel afterwards about David Bowie and his music as well as how it might relate to me and my music.
Now, I am in no way directly comparing myself to Bowie as a person and as a creative genius (although he is a Capricorn whose birthday is a day after mine) but not many films inspire me to ask myself questions about me as a person, my music, my creative process/output and what I’m doing about it right now.
Off the top of my head, what I initially took away from this experience was…
- A much deeper appreciation of Bowie and his creative output
- A greater need to examine my own life and creativity on a deeper level
- A realisation that I just want to do my stuff
- A realisation that I don’t “do” other peoples stuff very well and that’s not a bad thing
- Creation is much better than imitation
- Giving the audience what they want is not the best thing to do as an artist
Over the days, weeks and months that follow, I’m sure that more realisations and moments of clarity will appear to me and I’ll make sure that I document them here but for now, I have a lot of stuff to unpack.
My mate Steve had seen Moonage Daydream three times before going to see it with me and he indicated to me beforehand that for me to get the most out of the film, I would need to see it multiple times as well.
I don’t normally feel inspired to see a movie more than once but with Moonage Daydream, I would gladly make an exception.
The film is a montage, anthology, historical document and a multidimensional homage to the beauty and wonder of the creative mind all rolled into one movie experience.
Moonage Daydream is something that all musicians need to go and experience at least once. Whether you’re a David Bowie fan or not.
I am glad I had my opportunity to see it and I’m a better person, musician and creative individual for doing so.