Monday, January 11, 2016

RIP David Bowie

"In the event that this fantastic voyage 
Should turn to erosion and we never get old,
Remember it's true:
Dignity is valuable,
But our lives are valuable too." 

- David Bowie, "Fantastic Voyage" 1979

Well, this really sucks.

Pick the word or phrase that best described David Bowie. Innovator. Performer. Talent-magnet. Envelope-pusher. Punk forerunner. Glam forerunner. New wave forerunner. Blue-eyed soul. Master producer. Fearless actor. Musical genius.

Any one of them fit. And none of them tell the full story. Just as it's hard to count the range of artists he influenced and inspired. Iggy Pop. Mick Jagger. Lou Reed. John Lennon. Madonna. Lady Gaga. And keep going. They are all brilliant musical artists. And all were made better by having known, or having been influenced by, David Bowie.

It's hard to believe we're now speaking of him in the past tense, that he's gone just two days after turning 69.

Farewell mate. Thank you for the music and for so, so much more.

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