Like many today, I am deeply saddened by the death of David Bowie at the age of 69. He died in New York early this morning after an 18 month battle with cancer, surrounded by family and friends.
I discovered David Bowie when I was a freshman in high school and Let’s Dance was released in 1983. (Anyone else remember Friday Night Videos? Before cable was a mainstream thing and everyone had MTV?) I loved Let’s Dance so much that I used my babysitting money to buy as many of his albums as I could, including a personal favorite duet with Queen’s Freddie Mercury Under Pressure, which remains one of my favorite songs of all time.
He pushed gender boundaries and taught me acceptance and passion for those different from me while growing up in my predominately white, heterosexual (no one was out in the 80’s where I lived) mid-western town.
Thank you David Bowie for leading the way and not giving a shit what others perceived as different. You will truly, truly be missed. A special thank you for Blackstar. I can’t believe you are gone.