David Bowie just passed away after an eighteen month battle with cancer. He was sixty nine years old.
In my view, the music world has lost one of its most innovative, iconic and influential artists of all time.
When Bowie came onto the music scene in the late sixties, he was often described as a 'gender bender' or androgynous because of his unique style that defied categorization. He spoke for those of us who felt like misfits in the world. For me, as a young thirteen year old who was struggling with his sexual identity and so afraid of turning out gay in a world that was still brutal to gays and lesbians, he gave me hope.
His music, which was referred to as glam rock back then, just blew my mind, from innovative rock and soul combined with blues and jazz. Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Space Oddity, Fame, Heroes, so many timeless classics. His last album 'Blackstar' was just released on Friday and I spent most of yesterday morning listening to it. It was a real return to form for Bowie who always walked his own path.
Somewhere up there in sky, there's a Starman looking down on us. May he rest in peace.