Nobody likes waking up on Monday morning after a weekend that goes far too quickly but this morning was even worse as we all woke to the news that a music icon is now no longer with us. David Bowie reinvented himself and the music industry countless times and brought joy to many people. I’m still in shock about this and upon first reading the many rest in peace status’ on Facebook was hoping it was going to be one of those Twitter hoax’s like how Kel from Kenan & Kel is always dying. Sadly, it’s very real and we now live in a world without the godlike genius.
His latest and now last album, Blackstar was released on Friday 8th, which also marked Bowie’s 69th birthday. The album and accompanying videos released conjured up a dark, surreal and haunting image. In hindsight, I realise that the clues were laid out on a plate that things weren’t well as Bowie accepted he wasn’t going to be around for much longer as he unfortunately neared the end of a secret 18 month battle against cancer. He didn’t look amazing in the latest videos but I put this down to a batch of bad ageing, not knowing the sad truth behind his gaunt appearance. I was playing the album on repeat over the weekend as I started to review it but the album made me uneasy and it felt somewhat out-of-place due to its short length and dark undertones. It’s now clear to see why as he was quietly saying goodbye to us in a way that only Bowie could.
There were rumours flying about last year that Bowie was going to go on a final tour throughout 2016 and potentially going to headline Glastonbury. This obviously won’t happen now and I’m gutted that I can’t say I saw my favourite musician live.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved Bowie’s music and his songs have helped me through a lot of shit times. From the small things such as nerves at school the day of an exam to really dark times such as the illness and heartbreaking passing of my Nan. No matter how bad I feel in life, sticking on a Bowie song will always lift my spirits. My personal go to is Heroes; I can’t help but feel my mood being lifted when I listen to this.
David Bowie’s music and legacy will outlive all of us which serves as some sort of small silver lining on this very very cloudy day. You’re gone but you will never ever be forgotten. Thank you for everything.
Rest in peace Starman.
Words by Robert Smith(@robertmsmith)