So, what do you do when your hero dies?
On the 11th of January, 2016, I woke up to 5 texts from my friends, each delivering the heart breaking news that David Bowie had died. In tears, I ran downstairs to comfort my mum, and we cried together for a while. Yes, that sounds pathetic; no, we weren’t related. But, along with millions of people around the globe, we needed to mourn the loss of our Starman.
I first recall listening to Bowie when I was about 15: I knew who he was due to being a massive Queen fan already, and loving the duet ‘Under Pressure’ that they collaborated on together. But it was only when my parents split up that my mum started listening to her old music again, amongst which I found the CDs of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Diamond Dogs’. Upon listening to them, I was amazed by Bowie’s voice- his range was incredible– and his touching lyrics. It was the start of an instant love affair, as I began collecting more and more of his albums, researching his life, collecting merchandise (Christmas and birthdays just aren’t the same without my obligatory Bowie gift)… I was fascinated by this Chameleon man, and had a thirst to find out more of his genius.
In Summer 2013, my mum and I went to a special screening of a tour around the V&A Museum, which was shown g the exhibit ‘David Bowie Is’. During the start of the showing, people of all ages, races and genders held up signs explain what ‘David Bowie Is’ to them, and the results were fascinating. A universally loved man, one boy with a normal upbringing that knew he was going to be famous, even while he was still in his teens.
And so, David, I want to give my own persona ‘thanks’ for being there not just for the good and the bad times, but for all the bits in between. For the time I watched a couple get engaged to the soundtrack of your music; for the funny looks I get for wearing a t-shirt with your face on it as gym attire. For the close bond my mum and I have over our mutual appreciation of your music. Goodnight, David, you really are The Man Who Sold the World.