Remembering The Iconic David Bowie  

 David Bowie 
He had so many looks. So many voices. So many personas. And, yesterday, he passed away but left behind a legacy of musical memories that will remain indelible in the minds and hearts of many. 

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. 

R.I.P. David. 

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

One Response to “Remembering The Iconic David Bowie  ”

  1. This clip of Little Drummer Boy is one of my all-time favorite musical clips. It has so much heart, diversity and charm. Thanks for a nice write-up, MCL!

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