David Bowie was a man of class, grace and exceptional talent. The last few months of his public life were focused on the release of his final album Blackstar, and the opening of the off-Broadway show Lazarus, rather than the cancer he fought privately.
He lived his separate lives, as ever-changing performer David Bowie, and in private as David Jones. I mourn the man who was shared with us, the artist. The beautiful thing about Bowie is that his music will remain. We have fifty years of music to savor and enjoy. Above all, we must remember that we are not his loved ones. A light has gone out in our world, but in theirs it is one that burned more brightly.
Bowie’s legacy shows a true artist, a chameleon who worked and created until the very end. Blackstar is a remarkable album, combining Bowie’s love of jazz and his unique vocals with a profound meditation on mortality. It’s a harsh yet elegant end to his brilliant career.
David Jones may have passed from this world. David Bowie has ascended to the stars, to live on as a legend.
“Oh, I’ll be free, just like that bluebird”
- David Bowie, “Lazarus”
2 thoughts on “Mourning David Bowie”
David Bowie has touched me deeply through the years, from the 1st album I ever purchased “Changes.” A wonderful musician who will be sorely missed by many. Through all his changes on stage, a true professional whose music will live on forever.
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Bowie was a force to be reckoned with. His music and lyrics, creation of new identities and selves, sense of style have influenced me more than I knew.