My father loved dolphins.
And, when he was in his teens, he swam with dolphins in the Derwent River in his home town of Hobart. There’s a lovely story about that here.
Dad always told me I was wonderful. He made me feel like one of his heroes.
I have always loved David Bowie, and always will. I was lucky enough to see him at the MCG when I was quite young!! What an amazing concert.
With its lyrics about swimming like dolphins can swim … it was only right that Heroes was played by a band, on a beach, at a birthday eve party in The Time Virus.
See below for an excerpt from Chapter 30.1 – The Birthday Eve Party
‘Come on!’ yelled Frank. ‘Let’s dance!’
More and more songs boomed along the beach and out across the water. Dolphins were leaping, and a large whale spurted purple water all over everyone on the floating platforms. Some of the dolphins sped right up to me, inviting me to swim with them. I had the most perfect time, diving and leaping. It was as if I’d morphed into a dolphin, but as far as I could tell, I was still human. On the beach, the band was playing a song about heroes and dolphins, swimming. It had been my mother and father’s wedding song, and I felt as if I would burst with happiness.
I was swimming with dolphins – and I wasn’t in an enchanted chair, I was really swimming with dolphins!
After the longest time, the dolphins led me back to shore. I lay there, feeling as if waves of electricity were coursing through my veins. And, with the electricity came little messages of happiness. I can’t describe it any better than that.
It was as if I had become an honorary dolphin.
Because Frank says, ‘Let’s Dance!’ … let’s have another Bowie song … with a film clip made in Australia at a time when Bowie spoke out about racism against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia.
If you’d like to buy Let’s Dance, go here: itunes.apple.com/au/album/lets-dance/id696325864