Date: January 10, 2016
“David Bowie, the infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personas, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.
His death was confirmed by his publicist, Steve Martin, on Monday morning. No other details were provided.
Mr. Bowie had been treated for cancer for the last 18 months, according to a statement on his social-media accounts. “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family,” a post on his Facebook page read.”
Writing this on the day after [January 11, 2016], I am trying hard to remember if I had even read or heard anything about David getting cancer. I think I vaguely remember a local DJ mentioning something about it, last summer…But it being terminal, is a total shock to me…and realizing this the day after his death…it’s honestly dumbfounding.
When it comes to musicians from the 60’s and 70’s like David Bowie…I came from the kind of family setting, where you had a vague familiarity with their music, and the fact that they were out there in the world…but you were never intimately familiar with them, or their work.
Some of these people and groups evolved, and were part of the scene when I really got bit by the music bug at about twelve or so…and my parents divorced, which moved me to a different setting where enjoyment of music was very open and liberal…David Bowie was having a resurgence and was huge again…”Let’s Dance” was a huge hit on the radio…and I loved the song…still do, today.
That was the era of his career, which was the real introduction for me, as an individual.
It would not be until the early to mid nineties, when I would start exploring David’s earlier work…which I had some familiarity with…but not like I would come to know and love it, as time passed by.
Like a number of older bands and artists [Alice Cooper, KISS, etc.]…I developed a deep appreciation for David’s music and talent…not just the “soundtrack of my life” stuff [which several tracks could sincerely fit into]…but on a wider scale…I came to love a number of songs, I never genuinely knew before.
You wonder where all the time goes…and how someone who was once so vibrant, has faded out of the public eye…to the point you don’t even know what is going on with them anymore…Then you discover they are dead.
Of course…it happens to everybody…But I was not at all prepared to learn about this one…
Goodbye, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Thank you, for what you have given to us.
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