Oh what will I be believing
and who will connect me with love?
|—||David Bowie, “Station To Station” (1976)|
|—||Patti Smith (1978)|
What do you even call this move? And have I missed any examples?
This move is an occult motion that he began doing, to the best of my knowledge, in 1976, accompanying the line “from Kether to Malkuth”. It signifies the decent from Kether—a the realm so sublime that it is beyond human imagination—to Malkuth—which is the universe we perceive, where our noble souls are bound to matter and physical form and subjected to the corruption and degradation inherent in such an existence. It is the fall from grace, the ultimate universal tragedy.
Subsequently, it was divorced from the heavy meaning and became something of a signature move.
Mick, I think, is just imitating Bowie.