David Bowie a tribute – related to peace not war

News broke on social media at 06:30am today that we lost David Bowie, after a brave fight against cancer.  Like others, I mourn the loss of an influential music legend.


I’ve listened to his music for years, his impact spanning six decades across the globe. Given music can influences whatever your creed, colour or beliefs I felt compelled to write today with some thoughts, given that we are in the world of EOD, IEDD and ECM.


Bowie made a chilling video for “I’d rather be high” that was interspersed with video clips of bombings, gun fire and gas masks with soldiers seeking to escape the macabre reality of wartime. While such hedonistic pursuits they followed aren’t appropriate to refer to in this post, I thought it better to cite some lyrics from another song.


I therefore selected the 1977 duet he did over Christmas with Bing Crosby of the Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth. I refer you to this chorus:

Peace on earth, can it be
Years from now, perhaps we’ll see
See the day of glory
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again


This is aspirational and genuinely I don’t know if there will ever be peace while I live. Sadly I suspect not.

It seems that war, fighting and bombing is to continue. But hope must never fade. I want to end my Bowie flavoured tribute of the great man of music by referring to the song title “Heroes”.


Yes, the legend is a hero of mine.


This song specifically tells the story of a German couple who are so determined to be together that they meet every day under a gun turret on The Berlin Wall, but the title has been used for the backdrop of many a video suite.  You can interpret it as you wish and apply the title to someone special to you.


In electronic countermeasures, Improvised Explosive Device Disposal and Explosive Ordnance Disposal, I have only worked in this industry for eighteen months, but I have learnt so much. There are everyday ‘heroes’ who go out and protect us. Undoubtedly without their courage, bravery and work the world would be a different place. I feel proud to know that so many trust our Kirintec products and equipment to keep communities safe.


We have lost Bowie today. We have lost heroes who arguably aren’t named as they should be. Through his music Bowie will live on. My colleague Libby is going to share a personal tribute to someone she knew in our world next….