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Monday, January 11, 2016

David Bowie, 69

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The biggest news this week was the passing of a true music icon, David Bowie. Bowie was part of the soundtrack of my college life,  with "Let's Dance", "Modern Love" and "China Girl".  But even before this I already knew that he took on several persona, the one that I distinctly remember was the Thin White Duke.

Later in college when I did some broadcasting work, I was introduced to his expansive work. Life on Mars, Starman, and Space Oddity became instant favorites.  It was also around this time that he starred in a fantasy film called Labyrinth, where he played the magical goblin king.  

I also remember one Christmas time, I saw a footage of him singing The Little Drummer Boy with Bing Crosby.  However, there was an interesting back story to the duet. Bowie did not like to sing the song so he did a beautiful counterpoint called  Peace on Earth.  The result was a classic,

The day before his death was announced, I listened to his latest release,  Black Star on Spotify.  I already ordered it on vinyl without any idea that he was already dying of cancer when he completed this album.  

In fact, he even released a music video a few days before his death. The video, Lazarus from the Black Star features Bowie in bed with his eyes covered. 



Thank you for the music, David Jones, Star Man, Ziggy Stardust.  You will never be gone as your music will remain with us.


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