The reactions to the death of David Bowie are overwhelming. Nobody it seems, hasn’t been touched in one way or another by this artist.
Artist. In fact, that is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of David Bowie.
A true Artist. Singer, songwriter, producer, actor, painter- Bowie was so much more than just a singer. He was (also through his alter egos) a much more complex, much more interesting figure than most other pop stars of today.
Bowie always had a concept, always delivered a message. So often today we are confronted with musical realities who are difficult to grasp, hard to differentiate precisely because of the absence of a true identity or message.
Yes sometimes music can also just exist to entertain, to somehow bring emotions to the listener without necessary make some sort of statement, some deeper cultural connection.
But the truly great always seem have something deeper to their communication.
Bowie’s musical journey itself is just as striking because of its diversity, its constant evolution and reinvention.
Not many modern artist are able to constantly evolve and successfully alter through their music (apart from maybe Radiohead?)
I recently saw an Interview from 1999 in which Bowie said that if he was born at a later stage he wouldn’t have chosen to be an artist today. Because when Bowie became Bowie he made a choice, a choice to be rebellious. He thought music had to bring change. In And Bowie spoke out for the underprivileged, he was black, white, gay, straight, controversial, a beautiful human being, the thin white duke, Major Tom but most of all he was Ziggy Stardust. Not because of Ziggy, but because Stardust was an alien rockstar , from another planet..
In the interview Bowie goes on saying that today making music has become more of a simple career opportunity..
And who wants that?
Bowie taught us that we can be heroes, just for one day.
But he will always be one.