The world was stunned to hear of the death of David Bowie. As for many, I myself was caught completely off guard, not even aware Bowie was ill. Over the course of the past two days, I have watched as people from all around the world have come together to honor his life and the beautiful contributions he made to music, art, fashion, and entertainment. This unification of such a multitude of people makes you wonder, “What was it about David Bowie that caused so many people to be so deeply affected by his death?”
David Bowie was one of a kind; there will never be anyone quite like him again. He was special. And as Paul Mccartney said, “His star will shine forever.”
Here are four of Bowie’s most monumental career moments that remind us why he will be so dearly missed.
- Space Oddity
One of the most iconic songs of all time, Bowie told the story of Major Tom, an astronaut who gets stranded in space, in a hauntingly beautiful way. But, not only is it the song that makes “Space Oddity” such a pivotal moment in pop culture, but Bowie’s appearance in the music video. He is theatrical, flamboyant, and otherworldly.
- Ziggy Stardust
Bowie brought androgyny to the forefront of pop culture through his alien persona during the Ziggy Stardust era. This androgyny changed the face of music, fashion, and brought in a new wave of youth culture. This era coined him as the “Starman” and seemingly transported everyone watching to outer space.
- The Fashion
David Bowie was a fashion icon throughout the decades. He was a trailblazer, constantly pushing the boundaries of the fashion world. From glam to hippy, straight-laced to space suits, Bowie did it all. He changed the game and left his mark on the fashion world forever.
The true genius of David Bowie lies in his final act. He let his art be his last word. Although he knew, he didn’t tell the world he was dying. Instead, he created a beautiful, frightening, and prophetic album as a farewell to his fans and the world. This final act sums up everything you need to know about Bowie. He always let his art do the talking, and we thank him for this final message.
“Oh, I’ll be free / Just like that bluebird / Oh, I’ll be free / Ain’t that just like me…”
Goodbye, Starman. The world will miss you.
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