The creative genius David Bowie has passed away after a secret battle with cancer. He turned 69 on 8 January - the day he released his latest album 'Black Star.'
I am sitting here at my desk in tears, listening to my Bowie albums in disbelief. It is impossible for me to define a favourite album, song or period from Bowie's career. All I know is that his death is a huge loss to the world.
Rest in peace, Lady Stardust
When I saw the announcement of Mr. Bowie's death on Bing, I thought please not another internet death hoax. However, when I read the announcement, I was totally nonplussed. Mr. Bowie was a genius & a trailblazer regarding the issue of gender ambiguity. Besides being quite versed musically, he was an actor. He will be missed. He exemplified the importance of living a juicy, succulent, red life with no regrets!!!!
He was an influence with my past life, in my heart today with the news learned earlier, and will continue influencing me tomorrow. I cannot stop thinking of Ziggy Stardust and Major Tom that I humm and hear the lyrics at many times. Those are still profound for me . . .
I'm sorry for the world's loss. Bowie was a creative genius and an inspiration to many.
As a young bi woman and autistic weirdo, I loved that he chose to push at the societal constructs surrounding gender and sexuality. Seeing a talented, successful bi person ignoring so many of the social constructs that made other people see me as strange and worthless and seeing him being loved for it was like getting handed a little piece of hope with every song.
I fell in love with his music and creative genius through the obsession of my girlfriend, a woman who survived the flashbacks and depressions caused by childhood molestation by latching onto all things David Bowie at age eleven. His music, movies, and other works still comfort her in some way I find hard to understand or explain, but I'm very thankful for it.
So Sad. He was so fun in Labyrinth. R.I.P.
We will miss him and and his whimsical style, his death was so unexpected. They say these sorts of losses comes in threes, I lost Natalie Cole on Dec 31, who is next?
All of us of the 'boomer generation' are now daily being reminded of our mortality, it is now our time at the turnstyle.
How old was Natalie? She was 65.
"The daughter of crooner Nat King Cole and Maria Hawkins Cole died of congestive heart failure, according to a family spokeswoman. She had endured years of health issues stemming from a 2009 kidney transplant."
"In 2004, the musician (David Bowie) suffered chest pains while performing at a festival in Germany and collapsed backstage. While Bowie initially thought he pinched a nerve in his shoulder, the pain was later diagnosed as a clogged coronary artery and required emergency heart surgery."
I can't stand that he left us. The missing is the hard part.
It does shake up your reality when these bright stars no longer shine here.
"All of us of the 'boomer generation' are now daily being reminded of our mortality, it is now our time at the turnstyle." C
Performers are under a lot of stress.
Stress is the thing to avoid.
Boomers, are still laid back to some extent ????
Boomers' parents are the longest living generation. (~ painting with a broad brush.)
They ate healthy, got their sleep, stayed calm and enjoyed work.
Performers are under a lot of stress, this is true.
We don't like to admit it, but life forces ebb with time.
Lets face it, you are not going to be 30 again, Death still remains, and waits at the end of the moving sidewalk for us all. No one can walk the opposite direction on it fast enough to avoid the edge. Most born between 1946-1964 are closer to what has to be inevitable.
David Bowie was the epitome of youth and vitality for our generation, but it is all for naught. I greive for myself as a I grieve for him.
This is why we come back.
One of these days we will find a better high than being a terrestrial.
Until then, we will all be back again, to try it again …
It is sad when it ends, but there is always a beginning around the corner.
Please, don't grieve.
His blue print is just invisible now.
He is there with his (edit) buddies, Marc Bolan and Lou Reed and probably lots more.
They are jamming it up on harps
You could, instead, take his death as a reminder to get out and live while you've still got some time left. It's never too late to create, love, and live like there's no tomorrow until you're the one pushing up daisies.
These celebrity deaths tend to remind me of how much time, money, and effort and how many lives we as humans have thrown away fighting over resources and ideas when we could have been putting it all into fighting real enemies like cancer and other diseases instead of each other.
It is ashamed that we have to deal with life from the standpoint of 'what we have left'? There is always that subconscious pressure to not take the time to savor life as cognac. How much of that very concept reduces its quality? Hurry up and live!!
Time is an illusion. We don't have to buy into it.
If we don't, we get a sense of the eternal.
and make the best of it ...
Time is the 4th dimension, and is just as real as the other three, matter of fact the other 3 could not exist without it. We are its prisoners and the casualties of those that run out of it are there to keep us from becoming overconfident. Our feeble senses already tells us that nothing is eternal except death, as it is the universe' only constant.
Not to dismiss your point, though, it is well taken
Maybe what is eternal is life, rather than death.
Can you explain how time is the fourth dimension?
I didn't know Bowie was ill. He was such a genius. I always loved Changes, but I can't pick one favorite song. It was sweet of him to have his last album released now, his last gift to us. He leaves a huge legacy of creativity for us to continue to enjoy, and people who don't know who he was (younger, probably) will discover his music. RIP, David.
We never knew, Jean. I think that he desired that it remain a secret, there have been celebrities in the past that has chosen this course to avoid the morbidly fascinated along unwanted attention during a trying time.
Heartbreaking. I loved his music. He will be missed. RIP.
I was shocked when I heard the news because I had only read recently that he had released a new album and recorded a sound track for a tv series or something to that effect. I did not know he had been battling cancer. He was a trailblazer in the music industry. I attended a live concert of his in Australia about 35 years ago. He was supported by a group called The Angels then, and he will be with the Angels again now. May he R.I.P.
Blue, blue, electric blue.....Grew up with his music, his rebel genes, his duel coloured eyes, his outrageous clothes, his alter egos...a true groundbreaker, sexuality was never the same, thank goodness..
...sad day yes and we should mourn the artist but equally we should think about celebrating his songs and his art and his cutting edge creativity...I danced to his Jean Genie, sang to Starman, rocked to his Rebel Rebel, admired The Man who sold the World, wept with Wild like the Wind, loved his funky soul, his electronic experiments with Eno, and his last two albums, the latest especially with a numbing Lazarus track.
Ad astra David, you kept your London accent, you played with fire, fought the dragon with the sword of lyricism and melody, emerging a hero.
I just watch David's last video, "Lazarus". I was disappointed with the backward ending because I was hoping he would reach out to people with something inspiring. It left me feeling empty.
Thanks colorfulone. I watched it and Black Star. Black Star I liked better: Strange lyrics. Creepy visuals. But, a certain beautiful ugliness emanated.
I agree. I don't get Lazarus at all. Seems an effort to express himself in a surrealistic way,
inner subconscious / symbols ...
As we age , music lovers who begin losing our musical hero's , begin to better realize our own mortality . I watched a HBO special about David Bowie a few years ago and realized , although not a musical hero of mine , this man has an incredible voice and deliverance , I will miss his !
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