Reality Adjustments

Artist Who Compares Himself to Bowie is Shocked to Enter "Tin Machine" Phase

May 01, 2019

Local artist Mackenzie Stewart has always compared himself to Bowie.

“When I was a young man,” he said, “writing the next great American novel, I listened to Memories of a Free Festival and Changes.  I was very hopeful.”

Mackenzie spent his 20s as a wild artist.  He lived in an art gallery.  He traveled around the world.  He passed time with other artists, intellectuals, spiritual seekers, transsexuals, and countercultural radicals.  All along, he didn't break into that superstardom phase, just like Bowie had done.

“Today I turn 40 and it’s like, wait a sec: I feel like I'm still getting started, yet now I’m entering Bowie’s Tin Machine phase?!”

Tin Machine marked the moment In Bowie’s career when, after a critically acclaimed 1970s, and finding 1980s superstardom in his 30s, Bowie rebooted at 40 to form a band.  While Bowie devotees can appreciate its industrial elegance, some say Tin Machine is a low point for Bowie — and that Bowie’s best work was now and forever behind him.

“How come Bowie accomplished so much by my age, yet I’m here still working to pay the bills?”

It’s ok, Mackenzie.  We are all on different timelines.  Your voice matters.  The things you are learning shall come together perfectly to shape your voice in this world.  Don’t compare yourself to Ziggy Stardust or The Thin White Duke.  You matter in your own way for your own community.  Don't give up!

“Really?  Tin Machine?”

Oh no, love, you're not alone!  You're watching yourself, but you're too unfair.  You got your head all tangled up, but if I could only make you care.  Oh, gimme your hands! Let's turn on and be not alone.  Gimme your hands, 'cause you're wonderful!  Oh, gimme your hands...."

“Well,” concluded Mackenzie.  “Maybe this is a sign to start comparing myself to Rodney Dangerfield instead.”

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