I must admit, I am not coping very well with the passing of David Bowie. That a juggernaut should fall and in the manner of which he did it, was like the immediate amputation of an arm. For one reason or another he had the kind of personality on late night talk shows, on radio, in interviews, that made you feel like somehow you might just bump into him some time soon and that he would be perfectly fine with conversing with you. Whether that persona was manufactured or not, it is probably the reason that so many people around the world are extraordinarily sad right now. He was everyone's David Bowie even if his journey was a very personal one. Watching people pay tribute to him on social media made me realise that almost everyone had a personal relationship with his music and as such they all thought they had a personal relationship with him through his music. All the more kudos to him for creating that culture.
He leaves behind some of the most extraordinary music which to my ears resonates more than the Beatles, more than Bob Dylan, more than Marvin Gaye. A man who painted a visual canvas for us to accompany the music and perhaps in many respects gave us more of an existential and futuristic outer worldly view than those artists that got bogged down on planet earth.
And for those of you who missed his wonderful cameo in David Lynch's 'Fire Walk With Me' I have posted the video below. I still can't believe it. David Bowie is dead.
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