What do you say when the Forever Man passes away? This is something that has been so hard to believe, so hard to grasp, and so powerfully sad. The world seemed to reel when it was announced that David Bowie had passed away, it was so sudden, the shock wave was huge. I opened my Facebook feed to find it completely dominated by posts of shock, distress, and disbelief, and I was soon to join them. I wrote I am so so saddened – I have loved this man forever, and it’s true. As 13 year old girls my friends and I fell deeply in love with this beautiful man, we knew all the words to Let’s Dance, Modern Love and China Girl. We owned the Greatest Hits albums, and would sing along to them at any given opportunity, preferably as loudly as possible. My first ever live gig was David Bowie during his Serious Moonlight tour at Athletic Park in Wellington – it was so windy that they couldn’t put the entire set out, but I can tell you that I remember every single possible detail of that concert and still have the concert book. So many of my memories are tied into David Bowie. I spent that first night after hearing the news playing a variety of favourite songs on YouTube, crying, and trying to understand that there was going to be no more of this beautiful, soulful voice. This is one of my very favourite songs, from one of my very favourite albums Station to Station
Over the past few days I have been listening to playlist after playlist, album after album, marvelling at the bountiful and varied body of work he has left behind. I bought the new album Blackstar and have been listening to it in the car, on loud – it is hauntingly beautiful. I think this tweet from @JesuisDean sums it up nicely – and has helped to remind me not to be sad that he is gone, but to be happy that he was here at all.
Thank you for everything Mr Bowie x
If you’re ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.