This morning, David Bowie passed away following an 18 month battle with cancer. He was 69 years old and sources say surrounded by family at the time.
Whilst my blog is heavily weighted to films, and although Bowie certainly had his moments in cinema, it is his music that I have always had the strongest relationship with.
He was a remarkable artist, and his ability to span the genres of the arts with credibility places him in a rare category indeed. When you then review his music career and reflect on his unwillingness to repeat what had previously made him successful, his desire to innovate and evolve is a remarkable thing indeed.
I originally knew him from the 1986 film ‘Labyrinth’ however, as I grew older, I found myself connecting with more and more of his music. Most notably the ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ album which I purchased on vinyl last year and have listened to it relatively frequently since.
His music in the 70’s especially was cinematic in nature and that album especially showed an ability to craft something that worked on a number of layers. From the lyrics through to the live shows (and even the Pennebakbr concert film), he would carry the presentation of the idea throughout.
I’ve held hope for a number of years that I would one day see him perform live, however today that hope is now lost. However the legacy that he leaves behind is huge, and the arts world is far better for him having been here.
So today we bid farewell to David Bowie. Thank you for falling to Earth, and may you rest in a glorious peace.
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring“