“A Bowie Moment”

I was not a huge Bowie fan. But oh, did I experience a Bowie moment! I was watching the debut of “Christiane F” at the Montreal Film Festival many moons ago. Christiane is a 12 year old who becomes a heroine addict before our eyes, and it is harrowing to watch. At one point, she finds herself in the front row of a rock show watching David Bowie, at his prime, singing “Heroes,” as he stares intently into Christiane’s eyes. There is something powerful about that moment, a true rock ‘n roll moment that has stayed with me to this day. We, too, are watching Bowie, but we also are watching this highly vulnerable heroin addict watching Bowie, and we only can imagine how that experience might transform her young life. The net feeling of that scene is hope: Will we discover that she is the real hero? Will she seek help? Will this be an example of the healing powers of rock ‘n roll? I left the theater in a daze, thinking about this, and ruminating on the idea that we all can be heroes…one day at a time.

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Gregg R. Baker

Gregg R. Baker

Humanist, social scientist, pianist, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Tenured/Commissioned U.S. Foreign Service Officer, dad, soulmate and knowledge seeker.