It was with real sadness that I heard of the passing of David Bowie. Perhaps the biggest tribute I can pay to the Rock God is that I really thought he would be around forever. I’ve always been aware of what’s going on around us and that geniuses don’t live any longer than the rest of us. Indeed a lot of the time they are gone sooner. But with Bowie it really did seem as he was different and that the regular rules of life didn’t apply to him.
His music certainly sounded like no one else. Constantly reinventing and rejuvenating the industry, it felt like he brought his creativity from a different place from the rest of us. As though he had lived on another planet and was sharing his experiences with us.
That creativity didn’t just limit itself to music. Bowie was a talented actor, artist, record producer and fashion trendsetter who was always ahead of the game. But ultimately, it will be his music that will outlive us all. Spanning six different decades, selling 140 million records, releasing 27 albums and over 100 singles, his numbers are up there with the very best.
But like with all greats, it isn’t about the numbers and this quote by his biographer Thomas Forget says it all. “Because he has succeeded in so many different styles of music, it is almost impossible to find a popular artist today that has not been influenced by David Bowie.”
Farewell Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and the Thin White Duke. You were one of the all-time entertainers, visionaries and innovators. And you made us all want to be Heroes.