I’m listening to Dave Gahan’s Imposter album as I write this. I guess it’s my way of giving thanks for his life and work, among other things. Incredible how much impact musicians have, isn’t it? A writer may pen an excellent book, but how often do we read a book twice? And yet with music we listen on repeat, and even after we forget about a certain album or song, we may return to it in the future and appreciate it even more (possibly by understanding more of the lyrics, or by understanding them in a different context).
I’m quite melancholic this Thanksgiving as I think of friends far away. I did bake some chocolate cake with cream cheese yesterday to celebrate a little, but I’ve had no energy to prepare some actual Thanksgiving dishes, even though I kept telling myself year after year that I’ll do so, and that I’ll then invite friends to the feast. And I will do it at some point, after some of my projects take off.
Back to Dave, I watched an interview from 2009, when he was on tour with Depeche Mode with their 2009 album, Sounds of the Universe, and he appeared quite devoid of energy, which wasn’t like him. Watching the video, I realized that the interview had actually taken place before he was rushed to hospital in Athens one day when he felt unwell before a concert . . . Well, as some of you may know, doctors there discovered a malignant tumor on his bladder. And Dave was lucky they were able to remove it all. I, too, am so thankful for that.
This was, of course, after his heart stopped in 1996 after an overdose. For two minutes he says his soul floated above him looking at him lying down clinically dead on a hospital bed. Paramedics revived him and he finally realized that he needed to be careful about tempting death. He even entered a one-year program in a detox clinic.
Then, some years later, after remarking now and then that he believed in a higher power, he became more religious—and he shares those feelings in Depeche Mode songs such as “Heaven.” Coming from someone who’s been through all the above, along with the pressure of concerts and then those of being a role model to his kids despite all that pressure, “Heaven” sounds wonderful—even as it was written by Martin Gore! 😉
I have to say I don’t like certain preachy songs, but I take to a song like “Heaven” like a cat to catnip.
For that song and a multitude of other magnificent creations, I thank and give thanks for Depeche Mode and Dave Gahan!
All my best to those of you celebrating Thanksgiving today,