Changes – David Bowie 1971

Still don’t know what I was waitin’ for
And my time was runnin’ wild
A million dead end streets and
Every time I thought I’d got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I’ve never caught a glimpse
How the others must see the faker
I’m much too fast to take that test

Turn and face the strange
Don’t want to be a richer man
Turn and face the strange
There’s gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

Writer/s: David Bowie
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management, Royalty Network, TINTORETTO MUSIC, DistroKid

This is a reflective song about defying your critics and stepping out on your own. It also touches on Bowie’s penchant for artistic reinvention. Bowie wrote this when he was going through a lot of personal change. Bowie’s wife, Angela, was pregnant with the couple’s first child, Duncan. Bowie got along very well with his father and was very excited to have a child of his own. This optimism shines through in “Changes.” Fast forward to 2014 and David Bowie releases a Greatest Hits ironically titled “Nothing Has Changed”.

Mrs Brent started at a new company this week. The changes that it has brought on our domestic front are quite challenging. We seem to be out of sync with each other. But it is this very upheaval that brings about the face to face mirror conversations that are often missed in the humdrum of routine and complacency. Time and time management become high priorities again. I listened to a podcast while watering the garden last night, just so that we could have a few moments to chat before going to bed. It was good to hear my wife’s heart and concerns, about her new role at work and about her family. (here is where i refer her to some of my previous blogs).

It is no joke. I don’t want to reach the end of the line and I have lived the same old same old. I want to experience new ideas, new frontiers, new music, new optimism. My wife is my greatest supporter, her rally cry carries me most days. Yet there are times when a willful decision on my part is needed. Steely determination to face the tests, a resolve to not bemoan my situation, look up and see the solution. Go Brent, GO!!!!! Be the inspiration for others. Failure is the learning step to reach higher.


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