A Tribute to David Bowie

Amber Kroner '17, Writer

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“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

David Bowie–singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist–passed away after his long battle with cancer on January 10, 2016. He became known as an eccentric symbol of individuality, known for his flamboyant image and legendary music. Bowie will be remembered for centuries to come for his deep impact on society and music, with his hit songs, “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Life On Mars?” and “Let’s Dance.”

At the tender age of nine, Bowie made himself known for his impressive dance moves and astonishing musical gifts. His teachers described him as “vividly artistic” and “astounding for a child.” It was when his father brought home a Little Richard record, when he completely fell in love with music. Bowie later claimed that “he had heard God.” What followed next were countless opening acts, to stardom with bands, albums, tours, and movies. He became known for his character “Ziggy Stardust” when he entered the rock and roll hall of fame in 1996, and later received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

On his 69th birthday, Bowie released his final parting gift, his album, “Blackstar.” It’s strange, daring, and beautiful; just how we all will remember him. Only a few days later, it was learned that this album was made under incredible conditions, as he passed away two days later from cancer.

David Bowie exhibited individuality and happiness in his career. He made it cool to be weird. Instead of seeming freakish or troubled, he made every punk boy with eyeliner and mascara, glamorized and rebellious. He praised uniqueness and originality. Every pair of ears or eyes today has either seen or heard him. He is the man, the legend, David Bowie. “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” –David Bowie

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