No One Trick Pony

Hunky Dory
7 ” x 17″
Oil on Panel

A number of people mentioned that they thought my last post might have something to do with David Bowie given that its title was “Sound and Vision”. The title seemed appropriate given the subject matter and just popped into my head subliminally.

I am a big admirer of Bowie. Commercially he was hugely successful selling over 100 million records world wide making him one of the best selling musical artists of all time. Artistically he was a master of reinvention and his creativity seemed to know no bounds – his music spans Glam Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz-Hip Hop, New Romantic and Pop. He collaborated and worked with, amongst others Lou Reed, Robert Fripp, Mott the Hoople, Bing Crosby, Nile Rogers, Brian Eno, Queen, Iggy Pop, Pat Metheny and John Lennon – who said of Bowies music “It’s great but it’s just rock n roll with lipstick”!

I have a quote from Bowie on a dog eared piece of paper on my studio wall that I often look at which reads;

“I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfil other people’s expectations. People make their worst work when they do that. Never play to the gallery, I think you never learn that until much later on but never work for other people in what you do. 

Always remember that the reason you initially started working was that there was something inside yourself that if you felt you could manifest it in someway you would learn more about yourself and how you’ll co-exist with the rest of society.

If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”

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