David Bowie, the world’s musical chameleon passed away January 10, 2016. He left us behind and launched into a whole new atmosphere.
Cliche though it may be, Bowie was many things to many people. He was an inspiration to musicians that have since made history as ROCK GODS. He emerged as force during a time filled with Beatles, Stones, British Punk, and an American counter culture. It’s no easy feat to be unique in an age that by itself and by definition stood out among all others. He created a mythos that kept the masses hanging on every note and riff.
David Bowie had pioneered showmanship and transforming images long before the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga. Further, this transformation went far beyond the mid concert wardrobe change. He experimented with different tones and styles while adopting the necessary visage. Damn the uncultured swine that dare call him a poser for maintaining altering egos. Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, and The Man Who Sold The World were all living breathing entities that left a stamp on the Earth.
To this less than artistic blogger Bowie’s most poignant persona was that of Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth. As a child listening, to “Dance Magic” and watching Ludo “call the rocks” was an escape we loved. He exploded on the screen flanked on the right by Jim henson‘s puppets and Jennifer Connelly on the left. It was a performance that showed his talent, range, star power, and heart. Labyrinth was his last great transformation changing from Hard Rocker to cultural icon to edgy lyricist and finally to the family favorite that passes from parent to child.
Thanks David. You eased the Pressure we were Under, made us Young Americans feel good, and let us in on the Oddity of Space.
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