I am, of course, speaking about the great David Bowie, who died on Sunday, January 10th after his private struggle with cancer over the past 18 months. His death creates a tremendous loss for the music industry.
However, he had just completed his final album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday, one that will be deeply cherished by the legions of fans who have come to love and be inspired by his diverse musical styles.
Bowie’s Producer, Tony Visconti, shared his thoughts:
“He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry”
This is a truly remarkable statement. To be able to create musical art on one’s deathbed demonstrates passion and genius – but, mostly, it shows David Bowie’s generosity and love for his fans. Blackstar is available on Apple Music and iTunes
So, in the spirit of the New Year and the Christmas Season past, I leave you with David Bowie’s very famous collaboration with Bing Crosby performing The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth. It never get old – rather, it becomes more meaningful and relevant as time moves on.
To the family and friends and fans of David Bowie, my deepest, heartfelt condolences.