As I was laying in bed late last night/ early this morning, I did my pre sleep ritual of scanning the internet one last time. I saw that my friend put a quote up by David Bowie, which i thought was kind of unusual being that she’s never quoted Bowie or anyone really for that matter. Then, as I opened Twitter, I saw the news. Bowie was gone. I layed there, honestly, with tears in my eyes. I have gotten teary eyed only one other time for an artist, and that was Michael Jackson.
I don’t make it a habit of feeling emotional with an artist/actor passes because really there is no connection. You see this person on tv but that’s it. You could die today and Im sure they wouldn’t shed a tear over you. Unlike other artist though Bowie, was different. He didn’t have his business out there like stars of today. I’m sure if you asked 100 people if they knew that he had cancer, 95 of them would say no.
How, in the days of the internet where someone can’t shit unless someone knows about it, was he able to keep this illness a secret? I think that’s what i respect most about him to the end, he didn’t want that publicity or the sorrows of being ill. I would think he didn’t want to be remembered as the great artist who died from cancer, but the great artist who made you dance and made you sing along to every one of his songs.
The awesome thing about David’s music is that it brought people together from all races and ages. One thing I will always remember is when I sang “Magic Dance” with one of my 11 year old students. I was like how the heck do you know that song? He said that his dad loves David Bowie and that he listens to him too. I would like to think that that is what he would have wanted, to bring people together through music.
The music that he blessed us with always told a story. From Space Oddity, to Changes, to Ziggy Stardust, to Under Pressure to Little Drummer Boy with Bing Crosby. Talk about opposites attract..Bowie and Crosby, how in the world could that work, but it did.
Just as Tupac’s last video “I ain’t mad at Cha”foretold his death, if you watch David’s last video, Lazarus, I think you will notice that he knew death was coming soon. As for myself, Bowie is not Ziggy Stardust as he might be to my parents, but rather Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth. His acting and his voice brought that character to life. That’s why the tears formed in my eyes last, because another piece of my childhood died with Bowie.