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How we can carry on David Bowie’s legacy

How We Can Carry On David Bowie's Legacy | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comI’ve felt lost since I found out that the Starman has left our planet. I’ve cried and cried, and I feel exhausted no matter how much I sleep. I’ve been lacking in motivation and I’ve been lying awake at night in numb disbelief. I’m shocked by how strongly his death is affecting me. Even more shocking is that it took me almost a week before I even realised that I’m grieving. I always thought that he would somehow live forever. It never occurred to me that I would at some point in my life have to accept being in a world without Bowie in it, without his guidance.

I’m lucky enough to have a few wonderful people in my life who understand the pain. My dear Geenie deserves a huge thank you for the telepathic love she’s been sending. It’s so comforting talking to someone who is just as devastated as I am. She wrote this beautiful piece that moved me to tears after the departure of our mutual hero.

Bowie’s music has always and will always be coursing through my veins. My mum did a fabulous job instilling her love for him into me. Mimicking Bowie’s work, I grew up shapeshifting from one extreme to the other. Reinventing myself over and over. Ending up even legally changing my first name. No person has meant as much to me when it comes to connecting with myself and learning to love myself as Bowie has.

He really was a hero. He challenged the world’s outdated gender definitions and insistently pushed boundaries. He taught us that identity is fluid and that we can find happiness by truly knowing ourselves. Let’s carry his legacy on by being true to ourselves and embracing our flaws. By being proud of our unique weirdness and by challenging definitions of everything. By playing with aspects of our personalities and shapeshift. By nurturing our creativity and believing in our work without censoring ourselves. We can do and be whatever we want.How We Can Carry On David Bowie's Legacy | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comNow I want to let you in on a little secret. My favourite tool for living my life to its fullest and staying true to myself Bowie-style, is a self empowerment notebook. It’s a tool inspired by Bowie that I started using when I was 12 for my first shapeshift. I’ve used it ever since to improve my life and to create all my different personae. It’s simple but potent. Buy yourself a pretty notebook and fill it with powerful words. Be radically honest in this notebook. It’s for your eyes only. Use it every day as instructions to creating the life that you want to live and the person that you want to be. Here are some suggestions of things to fill it with:

A list of what to focus on, to be read every morning
Monthly goals
Yearly goals
Things that would contribute to your happiness
Your vision
25 things that you want in your life, including things that you already have
Self care activities
Life goals
Things that you’re proud of yourself for

Bowie was a true artist who happened to use music as a medium, but the world was his canvas. Always one step ahead, he made the act of dying his final piece of art. The greatest tribute we can give the man is to proudly be our freaky selves and to do our best to make this world a more accepting and loving place full of art.

How about you? Has Bowie’s death affected you? Did you grow up with his music?


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Records that define me

Chiaki Creates - Records that define meJoy Division – Closer (1980)
Along with Nine Inch Nails, Joy Division is my all-time favourite band. I’ve read so many books about them and Factory Records that I might be considered slightly obsessed. I identify strongly with Ian Curtis and I know that I’m not the only one who does. It occurred to me the other week that I live up the road from where they performed in London and where they recorded Closer. Few records make me as emotional as Closer does so it simply had to be included.

Bright Eyes – Letting Off the Happiness (1998)
When I’m really, really down this is what I listen to. It’s like therapy and I’m not saying that lightly. After a listen through, I feel better every time. It’s a sad but soothing record. There’s a marvellous 15 minute drone between the last two tracks and there are literary references to The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera among others.

Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral (1994)
Trent Reznor is my favourite living person. Well, it’s a tie between him and Dylan Moran really. Nine Inch Nails have been with me through thick and thin for 16 years. To me music is something very personal and when I talk about Nine Inch Nails I feel like I should just stop talking because I’m revealing things that are too intimate. So I’ll stop right there.

Antony and The Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now (2005)
I fell in love with Antony when I saw him in a music documentary on telly around a decade ago. He played his adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Lake on an old piano in an empty old theatre in Stockholm and his haunting voice sent shivers down my spine. This record doesn’t sound like anything else. It’s soothing, passionate and absolutely heartbreaking. Antony is a musical genius.

The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
This experimental record symbolises happiness to me. It’s an upbeat album that was clearly before its time and yet it doesn’t age. It’s another nihilistic record with literary references and I do have a weakness for those. I tend to listen to it more in the summer (Who Loves the Sun) but it never fails to brighten my mood.

Silver Apples – Contact (1969)
I’m gutted that I was so late in discovering this fantastic psychedelic electronic New York duo. The first tune I heard was Oscillations when Nick Frost played it on the radio a couple of years ago and it blew me away. This is another happy record that instantly puts a smile on my face.

David Bowie – Low (1977)
It’s so very difficult to pick just one Bowie record. I’ve been raised on his music and all his albums signify different periods of my life. In the end I had to pick Low because it’s such a beautifully put together album but Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars are close runners-up. Bowie will always be my muse, my inexhaustible source of inspiration.

Iggy Pop – The Idiot (1977)
Good old Iggy. How can you not love him with his nihilistic attitude and his great sense of humour? The Idiot is not much fun though and Iggy sings with a tired voice on it. It was recorded by Bowie in Berlin and the drone of the synthesizers is distinctively krautrock. I would even go as far as to call this marvellous record bitingly cold. Adding to this coldness it has to be mentioned that allegedly, Ian Curtis listened to The Idiot right before he hanged himself.

The Horrors – Primary Colours (2009)
This record was my motivational soundtrack leading up to my move to London in 2010. I’ve listened to The Horrors right from the very start and their music never fails to make me feel completely ecstatic. Every track on this record is pure perfection but Sea Within a Sea is my favourite tune, first echoing Joy Division and then krautrock.

How about you? What records define you?


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I’ve been listening to David Bowie a lot lately. Hence the title of this post. I reckon that some music is just naturally in your blood. Alright, maybe there’s a bit of classical conditioning to it as well but I just find the thought of having music in your veins utterly poetic. My mum is a massive Bowie fan and I grew up loving him. My all-time favourite record has always been Hunky Dory. It doesn’t have any flaws; it’s absolutely perfect. His lyrics are out of this world and his voice has a soothing effect on me that very few other voices have. He’s intelligent, funny, and just plain gorgeous.

I love all his songs but then again I’m quite biased when it comes to Bowie. You can probably tell just by looking at me. My style has changed drastically many times throughout my life and it’s often been quite eccentric, I shave my eyebrows off (ever since I was 13), and then there’s my Ziggy Stardust hair colour. When I look in the mirror my hair makes me think of another of my favourite albums, Low, and obviously of the film The Man Who Fell to Earth. While we’re on the subject of Bowie in films, I also have to say that I love him as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige.

Bowie is my inexhaustible source of inspiration, my muse. Oh how I adore him.


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Existential nihilism

♪ Silver Apples – Mad Man Blues

♪ A.R. & Machines – Die Grüne Reise

♪ David Bowie – Cat People (Putting Out Fire)

♪ Title Music from A Clockwork Orange

♪ Hugh Laurie – Guess I’m A Fool

♪ Cillian Murphy – So New

♪ Spider and The Flies – Million Volt Light

♪ Cat’s Eyes – I’m Not Stupid

♪ Matt Berry – So Low

♪ Hugh Laurie – You Don’t Know My Mind


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Ambient intelligence

♪ Midori Hirano – Feathers

♪ The Horrors – Hysteria

♪ Spider and the Flies – Autochrome

♪ Clara Rockmore – Valse Sentimentale

♪ The Flies – I’m Not Your Stepping Stone

♪ The Game – Help My Mummy’s Gone

♪ Cat’s Eyes – Face in the Crowd

♪ The Zombies – She’s Not There

♪ Midori Hirano – Transition

♪ Spider and the Flies – Metalurge

♪ Abstract Sound – I’m Trying


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In substance

♪ New Order – True Faith

♪ Suicide – Dream Baby Dream

♪ David Bowie – Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide

♪ Depeche Mode – It’s No Good

♪ Joy Division – She’s Lost Control

♪ Silver Apples – Program

♪ Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

♪ Peter Murphy – Strange Kind of Love

♪ Suicide – Rock ‘n’ Roll is Killing my Life

♪ Brainticket – Like a Place in the Sun

♪ Silver Apples – I Have Known Love

♪ David Bowie – It Ain’t Easy