Music, fashion, theater, film, David Bowie was a giant of our times. An artist who deserved and got a museum exhibition. Maybe more than any other artist, Bowie was able to touch so many in deeply personal ways by saying it’s ok to be who you are. It’s ok to be an outsider. It’s ok to celebrate other worldly-ness. You may feel like an alien, but you don’t have to be afraid.
At the same time, he also inspired re invention. You can change, you can remake- remodel. The present and future are what’s important. You can retire that old persona and be someone new.
And now he shows, even in the final act, you can remain vital and forward thinking. Recording a new boundary pushing album while dying is an amazing work of art in itself. If Lazarus is to be his last persona, we won’t be surprised by his return.
Just three days ago we celebrated his birthday with a festive Friday Feature. Today we are celebrate his life under extremely different circumstances. We look, listen and feel all he’s meant to us for so much of our lives. Today it’s more than a song on the radio.
This is Bowie appearing on The Dick Cavett Show in 1974 performing “Young Americans”, backed on vocals by Luther Van Dross and my pal from the gym, Ava Cherry.