Sixteen days until the big edit! Eek!
What a rubbish week it’s been huh?
David Bowie has returned back to the stars while everyone, at least who I know, is listening to his music and remembering what he brought to the world. The comfort that he brought teenagers who were singled out for being different from their peers and shunned from society.
The very first song I heard him sing was Let’s Dance. I think I must have been eight or nine years old. It was playing on the radio in a cafe and even though it wasn’t on the TV I could visualise all of the colours emanating from the vibe.
The second song after that had been Heroes. I can’t recall how old I was but it’s a song that had been with me throughout my journey as a writer. It’s become a ritual to listen to it when I need motivation and confidence to write.
But if you were to tell me we were to lose another legendary man I’d have never believed it.
Four days after Bowie’s passing came the death of Alan Rickman. Our very own Severus Snape.
A lot of people have protested that he was so much more than a Potions professor and I agree. He had many great roles such as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, The Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Princes of Thieves and as Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply just to name a few.
Although those performances were noteworthy it wasn’t until I saw him take on the role of Snape that his talent shone through. I don’t think anybody could have played the part as well as he did.
Since Thursday I’ve read tributes from the cast and his friends in the industry and from what I read of their accounts he was a charismatic, unique and witty human being with a heart of gold.
The whole of the Harry Potter Fandom is mourning along with David Bowie’s fans. If I wasn’t already reeling from that loss I am reeling even more now.
‘How can you cry over someone you’ve never met?’ People have asked this week. My reply was that it’s not so much that I knew David or Alan but the fact that because of David’s music and Alan’s portrayal of Snape led me to know a part of myself that I would never have known existed. That’s what makes me sad in their passing. I will always remember that because of them, I found out things I would never have known.
That’s all for this week.
Until next time,
With thanks to Greg Rakozy for the image via Unsplash.com.
I don’t know where I’m going from here,
but I know it won’t be boring.
After all this time?