No one is going to argue that last year was a terrible year in which we lost too many inspiring performers. For me, the biggest blow was David Bowie. A musician who, while I did not intimately know his catalogue, influenced and fueled my desire for rule-bending, boundary pushing and reinvention.
It was recently revealed, that contrary to popular opinion, Bowie did not in fact know when he was going to die – he was aware of his disease, yes, but like many before him he didn’t have control over when the final curtain would fall.
Today is the anniversary of his passing. I don’t share this post to rub salt in the wound, but rather to encourage you to remember the gifts he gave us – in music, fashion, and thinking.
If you want to read a moving story of Bowie’s final project, I suggest this one which appears in the February 2017 issue of GQ: Stage Oddity – The Story of David Bowie’s Secret Final Project.
Here is also a link to some great covers of Bowie’s music since his passing. (I personally like Bruce Springsteen’s cover of Rebel Rebel).
But my favourite piece floating around the internet today is this 1999 BBC interview with Bowie in which he muses (correctly, we can now see with hindsight) about the impact of the Internet on society and new ways of expression, art and communication while the skeptical interviewer looks on.
Ahead of his time doesn’t even begin to describe this magical human.
The world is a better place for having had him in it.