The Artist: David Bowie
This week's Music Monday will be going a little differently. Did we really just have David Bowie in our Music Monday less than a month ago?
Sunday night, after an 18 month battle with cancer, music and entertainment icon David Bowie passed away. Every artist you can think of who reaches to meld music and fashion, reinvent themselves, or bring that theatrical flamboyant quality to their performances and point to David Bowie as a hero and an inspiration. From Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke to the Goblin King, David Bowie embraced the art of reinvention like few artists could ever hope to do. His approximately 140 million records sold through his career defied genre and produced iconic hits such as "Fame," "Space Oddity," "Let's Dance," and "Under Pressure." His vocal range lent itself well to his own edgy numbers as well as the classics. Music along was not enough to capture his insane talent. A cult classic turn as The Goblin King in Labyrinth, a starring role on Broadway in The Elephant Man, an inspiration for the film Velvet Goldmine, and even a brief cameo in Zoolander solidified his stardom to multiple generations. He embraced his androgynous look while also being open about his own sexual exploration. It is that openness in particular that appealed to a younger generation that came after his musical peak.
When I got the CNN notification late at night concerning his passing, it literally took my breath away. There are certain world icons who you never actually consider a world without. But truly, we'll never have a world without David Bowie. His influence will continue to reach new generations of artists and people well into the future. Rest in peace, David Bowie.