I don’t normally do blog posts like this, but David Bowie has been such a huge part of my life that I had to write something – though no words can describe how much I love and will miss this legend.
I think I took him for granted. Thought that Bowie was immortal and would never die, and I guess in many ways he wont. Today, Bowie fan or not, the world woke up to tragic news… Something that we hoped we wouldn’t see for a long time. He has been such a huge inspiration to many generations that the loss of this immensely talented man has completely saddened the world. I have never been this upset about a celebrity’s death before, but something about today has hit me harder than I ever thought it would. I guess it’s like losing an old friend, someone who was always there for you in your time of need. As Louder Than War put it… “You never felt alone when you had Bowie,” and this is so true.
Even the smallest of things like accompanying me on the bus to college in the rain, Bowie’s music has been there to brighten up the day. He inspired me to take up piano for a while, educated me in soul music and even made my transition to university that little bit more easy. He is an instant pick-me-up and I am eternally grateful for this.
Sometimes I’ve felt as though he has been speaking directly to me through song, especially at the moment with the quote: “Don’t stay in a sad place, where they don’t care how you are.” It’s amazing how powerful and touching his work has been and how someone you’ve never met can make such a big impact in your life. I have learned so much from listening to Bowie.
But it wasn’t just his music that was influential – he was an innovator. He dared to be different and made oddity acceptable. He challenged cultural taboos, views of sexuality and completely reshaped the world of fashion. He really was like an alien that had come down to save the world, and I believe he succeeded.
I’d heard rumours that he was ill, and it was his new album Blackstar which made me think something was really not right. But I didn’t realise he was going to be torn away from us so suddenly.
I really hope he is no longer in pain and has gone to a better place, whether that be somewhere spiritual, heaven or another planet with his own kind. Wherever he is now, he deserves to be at peace.
His death has created a void that no other person will be able to fill and I am so honored to be born in a time that Bowie also lived in.
A new star will shine brighter than ever tonight.
Thank you Bowie for breaking boundaries and being brave enough to be yourself – I hope you knew how much you shaped this world.
You were one of a kind and I will adore you always.
✮ David Bowie – 1947 until the last Blackstar fades away ✮