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Under Pressure


Hello my lovelies.  It is me, your long lost dean of fuckery/law professor/doctor of doctoring/honorary DVM/and Queen of all I survey back from the land of no fucking space-bar.

I am very happy to be back. I believe I may have given myself carpul tunnel syndrome since I have been using a spiral notebook or seven to write while the computer lay dead and the borrowed computer was sans space-bar. Mama, being my mama sent me her old laptop which is absolutely awesome in that all the keys work and everything. I really am blessed to know you all.  The laptop is in fantastic shape, it is a little slow just like mama said but I do not have a fuck to give about how slow it is as long as it works. At least now I can post here and send emails that-don’t-look-like-this.

Today I want to talk about David Bowie.  Why?  Because he is one of my favorite artists, because from everything I have ever read he was one of those genuinely good human beings, because he was one of those ethereal beings that don’t seem to be quite of this earth; kind of like Tilda Swinton. Oh, and because he played himself in Zoolander and because my son loved him in Labyrinth as did I.

My oldest brother was the one who introduced me to an eclectic array of music and patiently explained to little tiny me that you don’t have to ever listen to anyone to fit in, you should listen to things that are pleasing to your ears.  That mostly entailed Metal for me although because of him I made room for Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Pavarotti, and Elton John to name a few.

Music was one of the only escapes I had from the people that made me, and I spent many a night with David, listening to Hero’s, or ashes to ashes, or bluejean, or China Girl. So many songs. Hero’s always made me feel better, I felt like he was talking to me.

I picked under pressure because of the story that goes with it. David and Freddie of Queen had hooked up to record a totally different song. It was not working out to their satisfaction so the two of them sat in the studio and drank a lot of wine and did a lot of coke and recorded the Acapella version that is in the link above. Someone put a video together with the version on you-tube and since I like visual with my music when I can get it I used that one. This is however the version that they wrote and recorded in one night. Two exceptionally gifted writers. IN.ONE.NIGHT.

For comparisons sake, if anyone here is a Beyonce fan, there are 6 writers on that stupid song “Who Run The World” and apparently not one of them passed remedial English. According to the only source I can find it took 10 days to write, but I have my doubts since it is a fairly simple song. You be the judge.

Also, if any of you really believe girls run the world, please see me for remedial classes.

See! How can one song be written by two drunk and high men in one night and recorded and the other one took six writers (five of which were men by the way)10 days? The answer is because the men were both musical genius’s and the woman has a team of writers and is gorgeous.

When Freddie Mercury died, David was there for the concert in his honor and sang under pressure with Annie Lenox. It was bittersweet according to David Bowie. He said the world lost possibly the greatest musical talent that had ever lived. Freddie was one of the greatest musical talents that ever lived. We lost the other one a couple of days ago.

He died like he lived. Quietly and with great dignity after an 18 month battle with cancer that no-one but his family was aware of. He even left us, his fans a goodbye letter in the form of his final album Black Star. The album dropped 2 days before he did. The opening line of Lazarus is”Look up here, I’m in heaven, I’ve got scars that can’t be seen, I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen, everybody knows me now.”. If there is a heaven, I hope god forgives youthful indiscretions as long as the adult life is well lived. Pick up Black Star if you can. I know you can probably download it for free, but if you were ever a fan do this one last thing for an icon and buy the album.

If there is a god, may he bless you and keep you David Bowie. You gave us all of yourself, every single time. Thank you.

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27 Responses to Under Pressure

  1. spellbound4 says:

    Nice having you back Kelly. This is a very nice tribute.

    • reallybigmeandog says:

      Hai Spellbound. It is so good to be back and thank you so much. I loved the mans music.

  2. Mama Via says:

    Well done! Huzzah! I am so glad you are back…slow computer and all…I knew there was a reason that I didn’t take it to the recycle…maybe it was meant to see you thru for a few weeks…

    You know what? Helping someone when they are between a rock and a hard spot is an act of good karma…sometimes it’s offering to pick up a prescription for a neighbor, giving a kind word to someone who needs one, giving a dress you’ve grown out of to someone in need, or, even sending an old, slow laptop to someone who is doing her best… But can only type with hyphens between words…

    When my time comes…and it will…I hope that I will be remembered for my acts of selflessness…and not so much for my moments of selfishness….for my honesty, integrity and ethics…and hopefully, my rants will be overlooked, my moments of being less than I wanted to be forgiven…

    The very best part…is to have helped a voice come out of the dark…and given the ability to share her unique view to all of us…kelly has a wonderful ability to make us laugh…to see something we didn’t see before…welcome back to the “world” again..if we are measured by the people who love us…kelly, you are the tallest among us!

    Love to you!

    • reallybigmeandog says:

      Mama, I wouldn’t be back this soon without you, so again from the bottom of my heart I thank you. You are one of the most selfless people I know and I’m not saying that because you are my mama, you ask anyone here and they will say the same. What a wonderful thing to say mama. I hope you all know that I feel the same about you.

      • Mama Via says:

        You are one of a kind, honey….and I’m so proud of you, and my grandson. If you follow a shitty kid home…you find selfish, crappy parents….if you follow a good, thoughtful, hard working child home…you find loving, kind, gentle parents…Our Bug…with all his accomplishments, speaks loudly about what a great mama you are…I’m happy I was able to “adopt” you…and Our Bug…keep up the great work…one day…I know…your current issues will be a thing of the past…

  3. renaes24 says:

    Glad to see you are back!
    On a sad note: I don’t believe any of us won the Powerball……..so I guess there are no jets coming to pick us up. Oh, well! We will all just invite ourselves to Mama’s new house when she moves in. 🙂

    • Mama Via says:

      Hahaha! Just be sure to come in the spring or late fall…so we don’t all die of the oppressive humidity…or freeze to death out there in that 60 degree winter nights!! I’m crocheting up shawls as fast as I can so we can warm up after we get out of the pool!!

      Speaking of the house….papa and I went to select everything for the house…I may have written of the frustrating experience…the “interior designer”, Miss I-don’t-know-I’ll-have-to-ask was so damned frustrating that I wanted to smack her!

      The first issue was the kitchen cabinets…I had it set I’m my mind to have grey cabinets with a White Island (or vice versa)…when she didn’t know the up charge price, I went with the contractor grade “black”…then..everthing else revolved around that…

      Now, I’m questioning my choice of “black”…the Greatroom/nook/kitchen has a north-east exposure…I’m so afraid that a black kitchen–for all the “drama” black supposedly has…is going to make everything “cave like”…I lived in a condo with that orientation once…and while it saved a ton of money in cooling costs…it was “depressing”…I know that some of you know what I mean…dark floor to ceiling cabinets, dark wood-look tile and dark carpet are frightening me…every photo of black kitchens has a huge window..and they still look cave-like…

      Ours is the only “Drew” in the neighborhood….so, it isn’t like we can see what others have done….the one and only photo I’ve seen has the grey cabinets and looks great…

      What do you all think?

      • TrulyUSA says:

        Get what you truly want, Mama. You’ll never again have the chance to have the kitchen you want, so go for it. Tell that designer you can always hire somebody else!

      • renaes24 says:

        I have always used a lot of black in decorating…..but never even thought of it for a kitchen. Most of my kitchens were white on white…..that being said, I would say to call and get what YOU want…..or brighten it up with other colors in the tile or whatever….

      • Mama Via says:

        I’ll try to be as brief as I can…I met with the designer again…and selected (pending papa’s approval) white cabinets with a light grey island, with “salt and pepper” granite (looks just like it sounds). The backslashes are all a field of white subway tile,
        with three rows of 1″ tiles, set in diagonal, grey/blue/grey. The floors: I selected a pure ceramic tile in light grey that LOOKS and even FEELS like wood, I stayed with the carpet papa selected, it is a low pile, textured carpet in a mid-grey…and I put VERY dense 1/2″ “pet proof” pad underneath…it’s like walking in a cloud…

        In some ways, I wanted the black cabinets…and it sure as hell would have saved A LOT of $$…but there were two major issues…(maybe three even)…first…that good old sun…and our location in the world…I found the “sun path diagram” for our city, which, confirmed my conclusion that with the great room/kitchen/nook facing N-E, the kitchen was not going to have a lot of natural light. Second, reviewing the house plan, there is a 28 foot wide covered patio: the deepest section in 16 feet, which shades the 16′ sliding glass door, then, at the nook Windows, it’s only 8′ deep. The nook Windows aren’t all that large, each of the three is 3′ X 6’….the nook is 14′ if I remember correctly…so, there is 22 feet of house before we get to sunlight. (And in the winter, it’s even going to be worse in the back yard, because the house will be creating a lot of shade!)

        So, good old online…I looked at at least 100 pictures of “black” kitchens…the ONLY ONES that didn’t seem dark and dreary had at least one big window…more often two big windows…the whites looked crisp, clean and big…even the light grey ones were acceptable.

        Add to the dark cabinets the darker granite we selected, the darker tiles and the darker wood floors…and we would have had a dungeon!

        90% of papa’s furniture has been purchased in the past 4-8 years…(it isn’t MY style, but it’s good furniture!). The main item is his 8 foot sofa…which is a “greyed blue”…his Amber brown leather chair and my Amber/grey glider. All of the case goods are a dark teak…coffee table, end tables, etc.

        I purchased all of my furniture just before I met papa…and it’s been in storage, unused, since then…my son & I decided. That we would rent a house together..and we found a great place…it was almost a duplex, with a shared kitchen…I had my own small living room and bedroom…so, I have a little 5 foot loveseat, upholstered in a dark, dark chocolate chinoiserie fabric, with black laquered chinoiserie end tables, coffee tables, black bookcases, etc…everything I have is black…and everything he has is
        dark…so, I was just imagining all that black cabinetry mixed with my black furniture on that dark wood floor….

        Too much, too much! Just couldn’t do it!

        The “good” to the change to white/grey……is that the grey/white is neutral…it will mix with papa’s blue colors and teak…and it will mix with my Asian (black/chocolate/red) colors, and it will mix with the white “country pine” that I bought for my bedroom….so, from papa’s transitional in the great room to the dramatic Asian theme in my studio to the “cottage” theme in the guest room, the grey works well as a neutral palette…

        I can enhance each room using area rugs…a grey/white/blue maybe in a chevron or other graphic for the Greatroom, a casual sisal in the cottage bedroom, and a traditional oriental carport in my studio …

        So, there’s my decision…and why…

    • reallybigmeandog says:

      I’m really glad to be back. That sucked balls. What, none of you won? No glass enclosed ballroom? Bummer. Everybody is going to mama’s for sure.

  4. Mama Via says:

    Just as a side note…Boo likes the Queen/Bowie vid better than the other one…which he barked all the way thru…I believe he doesn’t agree that girls run the world….no matter how many arses jiggle and try to prove otherwise…

  5. barb says:

    David Bowie molded my adult life. He was one of my favorites and I was so lucky to see him in concert in Cleveland Ohio. He was one of the good guys along with one of the most gifted humans on earth. I feel blessed to have been raised with him as an artist. Turn and face the strange my friend. RIP David Bowie

  6. barb says:

    …oh and welcome back Kelly… I am working on some “ziggy stardust” soap… it will be groovy

  7. mags says:

    David Bowie and Freddie Mercury left this world but left us the best music ever. Kelly you are right about the people that call themselves song writers, if it takes 10 days to come up with such crappy lyrics. Just can’t compare.

    • renaes24 says:

      My favorite tee shirt says : Yes, We’re OLD…….but we had the BEST BANDS EVER………..
      What a shame to think the Beastie Boys will be one generations ‘oldies’……….

    • reallybigmeandog says:

      hi Mags! That is true, what they left behind was art, the purest form of art. That beyonce song, 6 writers? 10 days? what the hell. I guess we could all be song writers.

  8. TrulyUSA says:

    Welcome back, Kelly. Of course you come back and write this tribute to one of my favorite people, and I sit here with tears in my eyes at my desk. So much for the carefully drawn eyeliner. There will never be another David Bowie, or Freddie Mercury, but there will be plenty of Beyonce’s (I call her Bouncy). She is gorgeous but musically her songs lack the substance and insight I feel music should communicate. She is “commercial”. Something people like Bowie and Mercury avoided at all costs, and it made them rich anyway but they weren’t whores for money, they were gifted artists. They were unique. They cried out to us in their music. To reach back in time, I’ll say you can bet your sweet bippy that Bowie and Mercury are adding new colors to the richness of heaven. It’s the heart that projects, the intent that produces, the soul that touches. They were divine.

    • reallybigmeandog says:

      Hai Truly. I am so glad you liked it and I agree with everything you said. Otherworldly comes to mind.

  9. Twister says:

    Glad you’re back Kelly girl!

    • reallybigmeandog says:

      Twister! I’m so glad I’m back. It sucks when you are in the middle of something and you can’t finish it like Jism. That burns my bacon every single time. So now I’m back and I can at least handle sentencing. I missed you guys so much.

  10. Constance says:

    It was impressive how he turned his life around with his financial acumen.
    A great musician, and a loss to the music industry and to all those who were touched by his talent.

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