We Can Be Heroes

Farewell to the musician who provided the playlist for my young life, and the artist who gave sound and vision to the androgynous, artistic, alien of my soul.

In a world with no road map, as the traditional life of my parents and grandparents became quaint and irrelevant, Bowie blazed across the firmament, operatic troubadour of the next moment.

He released sings I thought I hated: they made me uncomfortable, then liberated me. There was music that described the poignancy of life’s moments, like A New Career in a New Town. There was a heart’s anthem, Heroes, which I was blessed to experience twice in concert. There is so much more.

David Bowie reinvented himself relentlessly as an artist and performer, helping me survive my many metamorphoses. And now I find he has released a new record on the eve of his death, that speaks to the challenge of dying itself.

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How can we ever know what our art can mean to the world? And how can I parse the world without this artist?

Hail and Farewell, and Thank You.

4 thoughts on “We Can Be Heroes”

  1. I’m adding links to some of the tribute articles as I come across them.
    The following are all from the NY TImes:

    NY Times Obit: http://nyti.ms/1JEBDlj

    David in the Movies: http://nyti.ms/1JGt75m

    His Fashion Legacy: http://nyti.ms/1TRRNIA

    Challenging MTV on Race http://nyti.ms/1TVTYuz

    Music Vid Master: http://nyti.ms/1JGpHPY

    Art Delivers Final Message: http://nyti.ms/1TR4oLZ

    Tributes around the World & Online: http://nyti.ms/1OdtmDT
    also http://nyti.ms/1JETAA8

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