One of the things you do when you make a piece of art is you try to make the world you'd rather be in.
Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach.
I think there's a lot of similarity between what people try to do with religion with what they want from art. In fact, I very specifically think that they are same thing. Not that religion and art are the same, but that they both tap into the same need we have for surrender.
Every collaboration helps you grow. With Bowie, it's different every time. I know how to create settings, unusual aural environments. That inspires him. He's very quick.
Abraham Joshua Heschel