I was born in 1986, long after David Bowie had cemented himself as a global superstar. The household I grew up in wasn’t exactly the type where you would find a copy of Hunky Dory or The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. Besides the odd time or two that “Space Oddity” would be played, it was mostly Billy Joel, Bob Seger and Garth Brooks for my childhood.
As I grew older though and started to develop my own taste for music, certain gems like “Life on Mars?” and “Changes” not only found their way into my headphones, but also inspired me as a writer. They opened up my world to tracks like “Rebel Rebel”, “Ziggy Stardust” and “The Man Who Sold The World”, as well as so many other works of art. For years, I had heard the name “David Bowie”, but never been introduced to the true genius that he was.
The cliche is old and overused, but David Bowie was the epitome of being ahead of his time. In a world where people still hang on so tightly to traditional gender roles and unwritten rules in 2016, Bowie never gave a damn. He was who he was and I can only hope those who were so obsessed with what hat he actually wore, didn’t forget to focus on what was most important; each and every lyric that he was associated with.
There are plenty of amazing artists out there, but there are only a select few who in a sense become Gods of the music world: Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, John Lennon to name a few. It’s always sad when people we come to love pass away, even if we never knew them in person. We know it’s going to happen some day though, so we prepare for it. But when someone has become something else in their medium, something larger than life itself, subconsciously we seem to expect immortality regardless of our better knowledge.
It may be against my better knowledge, but I’m not really sure that David Bowie is dead. Instead I think this planet just got a little too ordinary for him and somewhere, in some other galaxy he’s jamming with Weird, Gilly and the Spiders from Mars. I hope they know how lucky they are.
Farewell David Bowie and thank you.
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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