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There’s A Starman In The Sky…

… If we can sparkle he may land tonight.

In this day and age the general public never truly learns the profound impact an artist has upon the world until he/she leaves his final mark.

And then there’s David Bowie. A man who left a lasting impression upon decades’ worth of fans and enthusiasts that chose to bid farewell in a craft that he mastered over the course of 54 years. Legends are never born, but rather made and he did just that.

Bowie was a man of reinvention; a jack of all trades and coincidentally the master of them all as well. From musician, to actor, to activist, to fashionista, there was nothing he couldn’t do. He was questioned throughout the course of his career for thinking and living against the grain and any publicity he garnered from this he embraced with open arms. It was for this reason amongst a myriad of others that Bowie refuted himself as man of some omnipotence, and justifiably so. There’s some who find themselves sitting in wonder today thinking “Where have I heard his music from?” Quite possibly you could’ve heard his music from an iconic catalog of music he created over the years such as “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” or “Station to Station”. You may have seen photos of the past where he was kissing Iggy Pop, or collaborating with Freddie Mercury in “Pressure”, or you could remember his cameo appearance in Zoolander or my personal favorite, Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth.

Today people all over the world sit in a somber state mourning his passing. Fighting a battle with liver cancer for close to 18 months I’d like to believe he left this realm in a state of revelation. Just looking at the narrative he presented in the direction and flow of his final album, “Blackstar” to the letters and subtle hints he left to friends and colleagues like Brian Eno bidding farewell (ending his last e-mail to Eno “From ‘Dawn’), to the timing of the music video release for the single “Lazarus” and to his final moments being surrounded by his family and loved ones. Bowie was calculated in his thoughts and actions with a purpose. He wanted to leave a legacy and a gift to those who had the ears to hear and a heart to receive it. While it’s unfortunate that this is the end result, I hope people aren’t sad that he’s gone, but rather? I hope people choose to celebrate his spirit and motivate young, bright future artists to pick up where he left off. He’s gone, but will never be forgotten.

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile

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