David Bowie rarely makes public statements these days, and when he does, they are often open to interpretation. Take, for example, his note sent to a charity event this past July. Before promising “more music soon,” Bowie encouraged fans to “dance” and “knit something.”
In February, Bowie put in a plug for Scottish independence and discussed the rabbits on his old Ziggy Stardust costume, which Kate Moss wore when she read his words and accepted a Brit Award on his behalf.
Referring to his proxy, Bowie’s note included the sentence, “Kate is from Venus and I am from Mars.”
Now, in similar stream-of-consciousness fashion, or at the very least a series of puzzling adjectives, Bowie has taken to social media to wish fans a happy non-specific holiday season. In a message posted on his official Facebook page and official website, Bowie also puts in a plug for a positive New Year, if the words “plump but snappy” can be construed as positive.
“Wishing you guys a very happy year-end holiday and we are looking forward to a full, plump but snappy, rather sexy, music-crazy New Year, are we not?
Oh, yes we are!!
David Bowie 2014”
David Bowie is, of course, connected to the Christmas season because of his classic duet with Bing Crosby of “Little Drummer Boy” on Crosby’s television special. Rolling Stone reported in November that Bowie at first refused to perform the song, but eventually agreed after it was modified with a new melody and bridge.
David Bowie’s holiday note comes as the “David Bowie Is” exhibition is entering its final days at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. It is due to wrap up January 4 and then head to Paris. The exhibition debuted at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London last year, and has also had stops in Toronto, Berlin, and São Paolo.
MCA chief curator Michael Darling told the Washington Post that the exhibit has a place in an art museum because of Bowie’s visual impact. Bowie’s work lends itself to a serious examination that is appropriate for the venue.
“[Bowie] was constantly changing, so that makes the story much more compelling from start to finish, whereas other pop stars might have had a more monolithic identity and did one thing really well. So that quality does lend itself to an exhibition. Seeing him physically change and the style of music change from room to room brings a sense of evolution.”
David Bowie celebrates his 68th birthday on January 8, 2015 — two years to the day since the surprise announcement of his first new album in a decade.
[David Bowie Photo George Pimentel/WireImage via Channel 4]