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Just Jot It January 12th – Skulls


Skulls, for me of late, have been all about inspiration. It began a few months ago with the release of a solo project, a band called The Mortal, by my favourite singer Sakurai Atsushi. The music of The Mortal with Sakurai’s Shakespearean inspired lyrics, and the Gothic look they created with their tophats and props spoke to me from the start.

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But today, with the news of the death of David Bowie the co-incidences and the very meaning of how deeply music can inspire us was driven home and has been revolving in my head faster than I can process it.

I fell in love with “A Space Oddity” the first time I heard it. I was in my parent’s best friends’ basement with their niece, Beverly. She was a teenager – a mythical creature to me at my tender age of about six years. On this particular afternoon she was listening to the song over and over. I’ve never tired of it.

At my first glimpse of the man himself I was totally fascinated. His slightly feminine features which seemed to blur but not hide his masculinity, his style (which was his Ziggy persona at the time), and his lyrics made my mind whirl at the possibilities of what even my life could be like: wild, bohemian, and perhaps out-of-this-world exciting. Bowie made me dream. Ultimately he sparked my imagination and guided me to the worlds my characters live in.

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As a young man this “cat from Japan” was also inspired by David Bowie.

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Sakurai Atsushi with Buck-Tick, 1987








During Sakurai’s first solo outing in 2004, before I knew he existed, he covered “A Space Oddity.”

And so we fast-forward to my discovery of Mr. Sakurai. Eleven years after this video was recorded I had the privilege to see Sakurai perform for the second time. He described The Mortal as an opportunity to be himself; to do what he wanted on stage, with the dark, Goth-inspired atmosphere that moves him.

I suppose you could say that I’ve been influenced twice by the same man. First directly, when I was very young, and now again indirectly by the influence he had over Sakurai Atsushi.

David Bowie, the hero that blew the spark that lit the flame of our imaginations has flown. May his influence live forever.

The “Skulls” prompt is brought to you by Dean Kealy at Dean’z Doodlez. Please check out his amazing doodles, and tell him I said hi while you’re there!

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

50 thoughts on “Just Jot It January 12th – Skulls

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  2. Incredible post. Perfect for skulls and David Bowie’s death. Thanks for introducing a new take on things.

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  5. sorry, the previous link doesn’t work. try this one πŸ™‚

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  6. <3! Linda, you write your passion with such beauty! =D

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  15. Beautiful tribute. David was one of a kind. Here is my link


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  19. I’m always fascinated by how we are all connected in so many ways. Great post, Linda!


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  21. This is just amazing Linda … Bowie was a huge hero of mine and he coloured a lot of my teans and right up to now and no doubt beyond.
    I also can see the link between Sakurai Atsushi and Bowie ! Love the post and enjoyed the Mr Tom rendition . I have enclose my favourite Bowie track .. Sound and vision, funnily enough I really this version , even more than the original!, it was used for a Sony advert but they slowed it up slightly and David’s voice is sp pure and gentle hope you like it !
    OH! and by the way for some odd reason I had to refollow you today! I thought you had decided not to send me your latest post πŸ™‚ strange going ons! I am following you now though… even though I have been for years…. and so to Bowie and how I shall remember him all my live. Thank you David.


    • Thanks for the video and for sharing your experience of Bowie. We’re lucky to have had him to look to. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed the Sakurai rendition and thanks for your kind words, as always. πŸ˜€
      WP does the unfollow thing to us occasionally. I’m sure it’s a glitch and I often wonder how many people I’ve unfollowed without realising it. It sucks!

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  22. Amazing! The song does speak to you. What is its name, and how can I get it? Where was this at?


  23. Great post and what a wonderful way to incorporate the challenge!


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  25. Very beautiful tribute to an amazing man and artist.


  26. Still can’t quite believe he’s gone, thanks for adding your voice to the chorus of tributes.


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  29. Great post Linda. David Bowie was, and will continue to be, a huge influence to so many.


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  32. I got to work this morning and have been listening to David Bowie all morning. He was clearly a very influential man and a great musician. Just watched Sakurai Atsushi’s version of Oops I did it again…love it. πŸ™‚


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