Monday, January 11, 2016

Farewell, David Bowie

Today's unfortunate news about the death of David Bowie had a profound effect upon me. I'm not any sort of Rock n Roll groupie, but we all have our particular favorites, and David Bowie was one of mine.

I guess it was partly the innovation, partly the reinvention, partly the notion of a misfit succeeding at being a misfit, and proud of it, on behalf of all non-mainstream people everywhere.

Regardless, today would be a proper time to repost my all-time favorite David Bowie tune, the one that speaks directly to Ultrarunners and to ordinary people everywhere: Heroes.

Please take the time to actually click the YouTube video and to watch this amazing, multilayered song (if the embedded video playeth not, here's the link).


Friday, May 31, 2013

We Can Be Heroes, Just for One Day...and Ultrarunning

After several years--indeed, the love affair has only intensified--I rely mightily on my Sirius XM Radio for musical enjoyment and inspiration.

Just today I heard a David Bowie song--Heroes--that I had not heard for some time. The passage of time enabled me to hear it from an Ultrarunner's perspective.

I think it probably hits on one of the key precepts of why we run these vast distances: we can be heroes.  We have our everyday lives, but for one day, when we don the mantle of an Ultrarunner--we can be heroes.  We could be set apart from every other human being on the planet.

This tune is so not at all about athletic achievement, but I think of it in that way anyway.  The music and the main lyric are so catchy:
     We can be heroes
     Just for one day.

If that day is our day, the day when "suddenly it is all as easy as a bird in flight," then we can achieve distances or times that were formerly unimaginable.

Like when I cracked the 24 hour barrier for 100 miles at Umstead in 2010, when--seriously--all I was hoping for was to finish.

You all have your stories, I am sure, of the day when you were a hero, if just for one day.

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