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pianocraft
(wild eyed peoploid)
04/20/02 06:16 AM
Sunday- A song on Bowie's new album new  

It seems that David Bowie has written a song called "Sunday" for his new album.

Sunday is a profoundly important day in the religion of Christ.

It is the day Christ rose from the dead.

It is the day the New Testament church began.

It is the day Christians assemble together to pray and observe the Lord's Supper.

It is called "The Lord's Day" in the NT.

It should be noted that the Old Testament Jews worshipped on Saturday, the Sabbath. But when the New Tesament was established, a new day of worship began.

Sunday. What will Bowie say about Sunday? Will The Heathen make this day his own?

Or will Bowie honor Sunday?



Trash
(electric tomato)
04/20/02 07:13 AM
Re: Sunday- A song on Bowie's new album new [re: pianocraft]  

It's also the most boring day of the week...

http://www.dreamwater.net/music/serenity/

AdamModerator
(crash course raver)
04/20/02 01:38 PM
Father David new [re: pianocraft]  

The celebrated religious day "Palm Sunday", marks Christ's arrival into Jerusalem.

It was the day when palm fronds were strewn before Jesus.

Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the coming kingdom of our Father David!" "Hosanna in the highest!" - MARK 11:1-10

The opening track of Bowie's new album "Sunday" marks the arrival of The Heathen.

The Music is Outside

Sysiyo
(acolyte)
04/20/02 03:50 PM
Re: Sunday- A song on Bowie's new album new [re: pianocraft]  

As I said on some other thread, I think Sunday is the starting song of the album because Sunday is, as you said, the religious day of the week, and it starts the Heathen character's fall from grace, so to speak: he sees how vain going to the church pn Sundays is, it's just a habit, not real belief.

I'm sorry, little girl

WildWind
(stardust savant)
04/21/02 02:29 PM
Empty Sunday new [re: Sysiyo]  

In reply to:

he sees how vain going to the church pn Sundays is, it's just a habit, not real belief.


This is precisely my interpretation. I've speculated that the album represents a journey of the character from blind faith to more analytical, interpretive, individual faith, and Sunday is the perfect starting point. The religious are told to go to church on Sunday, so at the beginning of the album, the character does. He soon begins to realise, however, that he's not doing it for any rational reason, he's just doing it because he's told. He's doing it blindly. I'll even go a step further and speculate that this blind faith is indeed empty. It's going through the motions of religion and spirituality with little thought to what those words mean.

I quit going to church at the age of 8 because I recognised that for many in my church, the Sunday ritual was an empty, meaningless gesture. After being treated horribly and stabbed in the back by these supposed Christians, I realised that going to church was neither required for nor indicative of those with true spirituality. It was then that I chose to pursue my own spirituality on my own terms. I believe that Bowie's character will make a similar journey.

WW

WWWD?

Vicious
(wild eyed peoploid)
04/22/02 07:38 AM
Re: Empty Sunday [re: WildWind]  

*phew* WW, you're harking back to "Word on a Wing", reading your post it started running through my head:

Just because I believe don't mean I don't think as well
Don't have to question everything in heaven or hell


We're back to the questioning, analysing narrator on this album, then... hmmmmm, that's a change, the character is doing the cutting up and reassembling (his faith) instead of the artist. ??? I wonder if David did use any cut-ups in the songwriting for this album. My guess is that he hasn't, for this very reason.

ooeer, missis, past my bedtime I think... Cheers ~ Vic

Congratulations. You're fat Elvis.

jonasf
(wild eyed peoploid)
04/22/02 09:09 AM
Re: Empty Sunday new [re: Vicious]  

C'mon, guys! Maybe Sunday is heavily religious piece of music with references to the bible. Remember also that Sunday is a day when most people relax, lie on the grass in the sun, take strolls in the park... It can be about anything. I mean, it is great to read all your interpretations, but why take the most narrow approach?
/jf


I was always looking left and right!

TallinTheDark
(wild eyed peoploid)
04/22/02 10:25 AM
Re: Sunday- A song on Bowie's new album new [re: pianocraft]  

I've got sun, I've got Moon

I'll be your light
When the shadows fall down the walls
Till the sun blisters and sprays
Till the stars can't make me cry
Then life will be done

My burning desire started on Sunday

I was very lonely till I met you on Sunday

Don't let the sun blast your shadow

He was as blind as the moon
He saw the sun in the night

Don't be afraid of the man in the moon, because it's only me







WildWind
(stardust savant)
04/22/02 10:32 AM
It's the point of this forum new [re: jonasf]  

In reply to:

C'mon, guys! Maybe Sunday is heavily religious piece of music with references to the bible. Remember also that Sunday is a day when most people relax, lie on the grass in the sun, take strolls in the park... It can be about anything. I mean, it is great to read all your interpretations, but why take the most narrow approach?


Of course it could be about anything, but the point of interpreting is to advance a theory about what we think the songs are/will be about. I'm sure that those of us that are risking interpretations before we hear the album realise that we could be wrong.

However, since the album is titled Heathen, which has an inherently religious connotation, and since the two songs we've already heard have references (at least in my interpretation) to religion and faith, Bowie has already given us a religious platform from which to jump. It's not that much of a stretch to make the religious connection to "Sunday." Hell, I've already interpreted the entire album as being about a crisis of faith.

WW

WWWD?

Sysiyo
(acolyte)
04/24/02 04:00 AM
Re: It's the point of this forum new [re: WildWind]  

In reply to:

However, since the album is titled Heathen, which has an inherently religious connotation, and since the two songs we've already heard have references (at least in my interpretation) to religion and faith, Bowie has already given us a religious platform from which to jump.


And he did say himself there is a strong theme in the album, much like that of his other concept/thematic albums. Besides, a song about people taking a stroll in the park doesn't really sound like a Bowie song, does it?

I'm sorry, little girl


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