The legend that was David Bowie passed away today…By Editor
- Banner image: Youtube - David Bowie, Blackstar
Oh I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh I’ll be free
Ain’t that just like me
- David Bowie, Lazarus
The poignant lyrics from Bowie’s final song, Lazarus, ring true after today’s news that he’s lost his 18 month battle with cancer.
Since the 1960’s, David Bowie had been trying to get into the music scene. The years of effort paid off when the single “Space Oddity” number 1 in the charts in 1969. From there, the chance to experiment with both musical and social conventions absorbed Bowie and turned him into the performance artist that we know today.
During the 1970’s, Bowie turned the world of Glam Rock on its head with his persona of Ziggy Stardust.
It’s just after this phase of his career that gave us the most iconic of all photos of Bowie, the Aladdin Sane album cover. This album was Bowie’s first Number 1 album, with the biggest advance sale number since The Beetles.
In total David Bowie produced 27 studio albums, with Blackstar, the most recent, being released just two days ago. A parting gift from music royalty, the overwhelming theme of death eerily points to the musician knowing his own fate.
The death of this idol has hit the world hard, with famous faces and fans tweeting about their loss.
But, this isn’t a time for mourning, but a time for the celebration of a life that’s incomparable. I mean, In Bowie's own words:
“I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.”