I originally posted a reflection over two years ago when Sir John Tavener died. I wish to add for readers their consideration the societal and cultural juxtaposition of Tavener to David Bowie. Obviously Bowie was a media creation to the degree that he was a match on the dry tinder that the 60s were. His death was followed by a predictable and world-wide campaign as to what a great artist and man he was. Again, predictable from a media that fed, approved and encouraged his sad sexual degeneracy, his "mainstreaming" the homosexual and bisexual subculture. In the end, Bowie was as much of a pawn as a leader in the 70s.
The problem becomes much deeper when we see men such as Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi - Vatican head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and lesser lights such as James Martin SJ praising and offering tributes to this destructive man. The average, uneducated Catholic naturally will think: if these men are praising him, he can't be that bad, can he?
Besides being a deviant, Bowie was not a great musical thinker; a few minutes listening to his songs portray either the usual pop simplicity or the harmonic chaos of an imaginative, but untrained and undisciplined mind. An excellent appraisal of this unthinking praise of Bowie the "artist" can be read at Restore DC Catholicism.
On the contrary, if men and women of culture wish to praise a great musical figure, - who also tried to live a Christian life - they would do far better with John Tavener. He arguably was the greatest British composer, since Vaughan Williams. On November, 12th, 2013, Sir John Tavener departed from this world, leaving us much great music. Tavener, reflected the best of Englishness; order, yet a dreamer... English, yet an European. The world saw the departure of a Christian and a gentleman.
Of Tavener, from Ravasi, from the Vatican - not a word. It tells us a lot, doesn't it?