MUSIC – GLAM ROCK: David Bowie / “Life on Mars?” / 1971 ☮


It’s a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling “No”
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she’s hooked to the silver screen
But the film is a saddening bore
For she’s lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It’s the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he’ll ever know
He’s in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It’s on Amerikas tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
‘Cause Lennon’s on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibeza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns
But the film is a saddening bore
‘Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It’s about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It’s the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he’ll ever know
He’s in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

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VISUAL ART – ABSTRACT PAINTING: “Ten Amazing Facts about Wassily Kandinsky” / Paul Priestley ☮

Want to know 10 amazing facts about about the Russian artist Kandinsky? This art tutorial covers 10 important elements of the life of Kandinsky and is intended for those interested in art history and school students. The video covers his early life in Moscow and Odessa, his move to Law School and his eventual move towards the arts. This art tutorial covers his time in Munich, his meeting with Gabriele Münter in Murnau and his early investigations into colour and the development towards abstraction and abstract art. The influence of music on his painting is explained and his work with the Blue Rider and his teaching at the Bauhaus are all covered together with his eventual move to Paris and his death in obscurity. The video would be a great introduction to an art workshop or art day for children in a primary, elementary or secondary school.

VISUAL ART – DRAWING: “YOU can Draw!” / Paul Priestley ☮

All those teachers who claim they were teaching children to write were wrong, they were doing something quite different. This video explains everything. In this short motivational art video I explain that everyone in the world can draw, providing they can write. I’ll show how our brains are programmed to read shapes and these simple shapes occur in our writing and in our drawing. I’ll show that teachers were not teaching you to write but to draw. What I’m aiming to do here is to motivate people and show that if you can write you can draw and just how ridiculous the statement, ‘I can’t draw really is’.