I was never the world’s biggest fan of David Bowie’s music. But over the past 40 years I learned a lot from him about living the creative life.
My connection with Bowie came largely through his influence on the creative artists I adored: Bauhaus, whose goth-glam fusion borrowed liberally from Ziggy. Jim Henson, who cast Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King. John Hughes, who referenced Bowie in the opening of his 1985 classic, The Breakfast Club. Nirvana, who covered “The Man Who Sold the World” in their MTV Unplugged special.
Even if you didn’t own a single one of his albums, Bowie’s music provided the soundtrack for several decades: The haunting psychedelia of “Space Oddity,” released five days before the Apollo 11 launch. “Fame” defining the funky hedonism of the mid-‘70s. “Under Pressure” capturing the anxiety of the Cold War era. “Let’s Dance” evoking early-‘80s escapism. “Heroes” becoming the wall-breaking anthem for a divided Berlin and post-9/11 New York. His influence was as inarguable as it was inescapable.
Bowie was the rare artist who proved just as fascinating off-stage as he was on. A trailblazer who influenced everything from music and fashion to film and sexual fluidity, he changed our collective notion of what an icon could be. Here are 10 valuable life lessons today’s artists can learn from David Bowie on living the creative life:
Visiting five of our international dream destinations, four conference speaking/teaching gigs, taking three U.S. road trips and getting two National Geographic assignments made this one seriously epic year. Here are our very best photos of 2015, and a look back on our weird, wild, wonderful adventures.
It’s hard to believe it was five years ago today that we first hit “publish” and introduced Green Global Travel to the world. It’s even harder to believe that this crazy dream of ours has led us to more amazing places than we ever imagined, both literally and figuratively.
Starting this site in 2010 was a HUGE leap of faith in pursuit of our mutual passions. We’d never read a single travel blog. But we had both managed businesses (me as a newspaper and magazine editor, Mary as a Client Services manager at an industrial psychology company), and I had 15 years as a journalist under my belt. So we jumped in, and figured out how to fly on the way down.
Following our business instincts, we made a lot of smart choices, a few dumb mistakes (see: starting out on the Joomla platform rather than WordPress), and learned an awful lot along the way. Here, we share 50 of our best Travel Blogging Tips from our first five years…
My buddy Tony and I couldn’t have been more different: I was a long-haired, arty music business major with tattoos and earrings, he was a soft-spoken, short-haired, seemingly conservative science major. We connected at the pizza place where we worked, bonding over our mutual love of music– jazz, funk, reggae and hip-hop in particular– often trading CDs that inspired us.
With him on bass and me on vocals, we eventually formed a band together and began working our way up in the Atlanta music scene. I was a marketing intern for a major record label at the time, and used my connections to garner some interest from industry A&R reps for our edgy, alternative rock-rap sound. (This was 1992, when such things were not yet considered passé.)
But fate threw a curveball right in the face of my rock star aspirations: Upon graduating from Georgia State University, Tony signed with the Peace Corps and shipped off to teach fish farming in the central African nation of Burundi, one of the poorest countries in the world. I quit playing music, embarking on a career as a music journalist instead.
Tony and I kept in touch regularly over the next five years, as his Peace Corps projects moved him from Burundi to Gabon, and later Zambia, with only brief journeys to visit home in between. Every month I’d send him a package filled with new music, magazines and letters from home, and he’d send back music, photos and letters about his life in Africa. Our friendship gradually grew deeper, and I fell in love with the continent through his stories.
Tony was the first person I ever knew who went on an African safari. The stories he brought home from his trip to Kenya & Tanzania (which included incredible photos and National Geographic-worthy video of a lion on top of a floating hippo carcass defending his prize from hostile crocodiles) left me delighted for him and determined to see Africa for myself. And his Peace Corps experience ultimately inspired me to pursue my own crazy dreams…
The first time we traveled to the Galapagos Islands five years ago, I felt as wide-eyed and full of wonder as Jack Skellington when he discovered Christmas (What’s this? What’s THIS?!?! La la la la la la).
Animals with no fear of humans? Four to five different species hanging out together peacefully on a five-foot square rock?! Sea lions that swim up to you when you’re snorkeling, enticing you to play?!? What IS this magical nature-lover’s utopia?!?!?
Returning to the islands on an 8-day, 30-passenger small-ship cruise with International Expeditions a few weeks ago, I was no less impressed with the astounding natural beauty this remote Ecuadorian archipelago has to offer. But because I knew what to expect this time around, I found myself more focused on each memorable moment my daughter and I shared.
Here are seven important life lessons I learned from the Galapagos Islands: