2016 was a tough year. With out getting into the entire list that the murder year took, I had the hardest time with losing David Bowie. It’s no secret that Bowie makes my world go round. I had a hard time sleeping the night of the 10th, suddenly I was getting messages and from numerous people checking to see if I was ok. My dad came into my room in a panic and broke the news. David Bowie was dead. My blood went cold. He couldn’t be dead, he just released and album, it was just his birthday. What about the Broadway show? I couldn’t believe. I had a million reasons why he just couldn’t be dead. January 11th was a tough day.
When I was in 7th grade my pre-algebra teacher was out so we had a substitute who brought in the Labyrinth and I was in love with the story, the movie, the puppets and most of all the Goblin King. Around that same time I got one of my first CDs ever, The Wedding Singer soundtrack and fell in love with David Bowie’s voice in China Girl. I was in love with the Goblin King and David Bowie’s voice simultaneously, hey I was young and dumb I didn’t realize they were the same person.
Flash forward a few years (shut up I’m not that old I can stay a few) and my obsession was in full force. I was always an odd duck, and Bowie made that okay for me to be weird. His music touched me in ways I couldn’t explain. His lyrics have helped me through some of the darkest days of my life. “We Could Be Heroes…” helped me the most. The entire idea of no matter how tough a time you are having you only have to make it through one day. A message I decided to literally carry with me through life:
I will forever miss David Bowie and not day will go by that I won’t think about him, not just cause his lyrics are tattooed on my arm. When he first died I read this wonderful tweet, I don’t remember by who, that said the reason we get so upset when celebrities die is not because we knew them personally but because they helped us to know ourselves.
I love you Starman, thank you for everything you’ve done for the world. You’re a gift that just keeps giving.