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Will and Richard remembering David Bowie

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler and Richard Reed Parry have now also shared their thoughts in the wake of David Bowie’s passing. You can read Win Butler’s statement from yesterday here, which of course came to serve as Arcade Fire’s joint statement.

Will Butler:

    «I met David Bowie when I was twenty-two, and like a baby goose imprinting on some fantastical winged creature, I took him as the model of what I ought to grow up to be. He is my ideal adult human artist.

    He wore beautiful cologne. He read all world literature. He took time for everyone in the room. He remembered people’s names. He wore a plain T-shirt to a nice dinner (Owen Pallett writes about that dinner here). He sought out new music and evangelized when he liked something.

    Arcade Fire played two songs with him for TV — his song “Five Years” and our song “Wake Up.” Earlier on the show, he sang “Life on Mars,” wearing a wrist bandage and a fake black eye. I saw him build a character and modulate that character with his voice and with small movements. I saw the distance between the artist off stage and on, and that the distance was an artistic creation, too — something to be played with.

    I hear him playing with that distance on Blackstar, and it’s stunning and my God it’s heartbreaking. I wanted to see the next twenty years of David Bowie making art.» Source

Richard Reed Parry:

    «As far as I can tell, David Bowie was the first musician artist (or at least the one visible to us within the last couple of generations) who seemed to do… everything. Songwriting, dancing, painting, album production, acting, fashion, mime, gender bending… the fact of all this genre-combining, I only realize now, has had a truly tremendous impact on me personally as an artist, musician and composer, and obviously an equal and greater impact on so many others inside and outside of so many artistic fields. His methods, aesthetics and overall artistic legacy seems to have enabled so many.

    To be living in an era during which the separations and connections between genres and art forms have been blurred to the extent that they have, and to be able to point to singular figures like David who have catalyzed and spawned such marvellous blurring to take place is a very, very special thing.

    As many times today as I’ve felt sad about Bowie’s passing, I’ve also been reminded of something Brian Eno wrote: “Encourage new hybrids”. I can think of no one who embodied this ethos more perfectly than David. So long friend, I’m so glad to have crossed your path occasionally. Enjoy your travels.» Source

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