I’m feeling very lucky today as I’m sitting in a bar outside the rather awe-inspiring mezquita in Córdoba in Andalucia in the last days of December while listening to the David Bowie single ‘Where Are We Now?’ that was his comeback single a couple of years ago. At the time, I remember the music press and fans all desperately trying to interpret the lyrics and the song in a million different ways and some were inevitably quite cynical, especially as David Bowie was 66 at the time and as some saw it, way past his most creative years.
However, for my part, I have now listened to the song countless times and I still think it’s one of the loveliest and most honest songs I’ve heard in a long time and certainly with a new year looming, asking ‘Where Are We Now?’ is perhaps a timely thing to be doing. Like many good songs, the subject matter is open to interpretation and for me at least, the primary theme is reflecting back over past moments in your life.
From where I’m sitting at this precise moment, reflecting over the last year since my wife and I moved to Granada (I can’t believe it’s been a year since then?!), this song reminds me about ‘now’ and its power. The past is gone. The future is yet to happen. The only ‘real-time’ element in our lives that actually exists is now. So, after a rather heavy night of one or two finos, I’m enjoying this particular moment with some winter sun, my lovely wife and a cortado. It’s a good day. A very good day.
Wherever you are, whoever you’re with and whatever you’re doing, I hope you are enjoying your very own ‘now’ too…
Happy New Year!