It’s the news I was not expecting, it was as shocking as it was devastating. David Bowie died. I could not believe it, I didn’t want to believe it, but then it hit me and I shed some tears, well more than some, I bawled my eyes out. He was supposed to be immortal, a part of your life that would always be there and now he is gone. There are probably only a handful of musicians who transcend everything in music, that cut across both genre boundaries and audience boundaries and had an influence that was perhaps bigger than the artist themselves, David Bowie was one of them. Throughout his nearly fifty year career he has influenced the rock crowd, the pop crowd, the indie crowd, the alternative crowd, the electronic crowd, pretty much every crowd in music. After years in the wilderness his late career comeback with “The Next Day” and “Blackstar” suggested he was revitalized and more music was on the way. Well, now we know that with “Blackstar” it was his goodbye, one last statement, one last piece of art, one last moment to show us how much of a genius he was. And what a statement it was, a dark, experimental jazz masterpiece which now takes on new meaning which at this is stage is too early to digest. He will be remembered as one of the greatest musicians of the modern age, a true artist and performer. He will not be matched as he did it all, including things that no one had ever done. There can be only one David Bowie, and it is so sad he is gone.
Rest in peace Ziggy