Watching Lady Gaga’s performance at the Grammy’s reminded me how many people have been inspired by David Bowie. A leader in individuality, passion and expression. It felt right that a month after his death I should write this post about him.
January 10th was the day we sadly lost David Bowie. On hearing the news before going to work, it didn’t occur to me to write a post about the great man who had passed. I walked into the kitchen where a group of 20-something year old runners were listening to the music of David Bowie. I went to various editor’s rooms and either his music or news on the event was playing. Various social media platforms were filled with their respect and love. I guess the one thing that stood out the most was camping that weekend with grumpy young teenagers, and while arguing about what music to play, one said ‘well David Bowie’. Not a single one of them disagreed and they sat, and listened and sang. My point is David Bowie has always been part of my life and everyone else’s, but what was clear was that while David Cameron said David Bowie was “His generation” that is not true. I learned that week just how many age groups loved and adored him – teenagers, young and older adults, just everyone. He was part of everyone’s life. And how lucky we all are to have his music.
My own personal memories and relationship with him was mainly to do with the film Labyrinth. Now one of my brother’s and my favourite films. The music and clothes were always so expressive and captivating. Now watching it as an adult I can see some of the poor editing skills and certainly it has aged but it will forever have a place in my heart and always be a classic and something I love.
I guess one of the ways you realise the greatness of someone is that they are always part of your life, there in the background. I am not sure the day I realised one of my favourite songs was sung by the man in Labyrinth and I’m not sure it matters. It was a very strange reason I love the song Space Oddity. I remember sharing the headphones with my brother and listening to it, and being amazed how we were both ‘getting’ different parts of the song. Now having a Masters degree in Audio I know why, however the 9 year old me had no idea and was just fascinated by it. I even remember when we first got Sky television in the early 2000’s I saw an advert for his album, and receiving David Bowie Greatest Hits for my birthday. He and his music were simply magic.
The world has truly lost a legend and now indeed the stars look very different today.