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So sad, so beautiful

January 12, 2016

It’s been life-affirming to read so many wonderful tributes to such a wonderful artist.

I’ll echo Jemaine Clement, ‘it’s sad to lose Bowie, but it’s beautiful to think millions of people across the universe are listening to his music right now.’

It was truly a privilege to watch that man.




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  1. Will add to the list. Thanks Geoff.

  2. Love the pic there. And I really have listened to nothing but Bowie since I heard. And it is beautiful.

    I’m so sad. Thanks for posting.

    • Me too – I had Hunky Dory on this morning while I was reading tributes.
      Those soaring notes in Life on Mars, to borrow an expression one of my students used when hearing a Bowie tune on Monday, ‘hit me in the feels’

  3. That’s a great way of looking at it. Cool graphic!

    • It’s been neat hearing the diverse range of people he’s inspired over the years – even if not everyone listens/digs his music, he seems to be pretty close to universally admired as an artist

      • He was one of THOSE artists. Hard to dislike, and almost universally loved. A true loss!

  4. jprobichaud permalink

    Ah, the Conchords. Their Bowie episode was awesome.

    • One of my favourites – Bowies in SPace would be in my top 5 conchords tunes too.
      I’m glad you brought it up JP, as Bret & Jemaine did pretty solid impressions!
      But with Bowie, I’d argue, often imitated, never quite duplicated.

    • Flight Of The Conchrods FTW! We love that show so much.

      • jprobichaud permalink

        Bret? Present. Jermaine? Present.

      • Just got their 2007 EP at our value village recently, $3 very well spent!

      • jprobichaud permalink

        Murray… Present.

  5. I’ve seen this gif everywhere over the last few days and I think it’s amazing… I went to the Bowie exhibition in 2014 to see all his costumes and art work and I couldn’t believe all the different looks he has had over the years. A great loss…

  6. This made me so sad :((((((

    • I was thinking of you this week, I played Heroes as the song of the day on Monday. Hope all is well in Taranna

  7. I still can’t believe it… and then the news of Alan Rickman. Tough week.

    • I know, two of my favourite voices in the music/movie business. I showed my classes the “call off Christmas” scene from Robin Hood yesterday as my lesson intro, what a great performance as the Sheriff

  8. I was watching the morning news with my 14 year old and I just yelled…and then later cried – When “spiders” arrived at the house in 1972 – and I would just stare at that cover over and over as an 11 year old – it hypnotized me – it was ok to be —it was ok to be me – because it was cool to be him – That image is still burned on the back of my brain.

    • That’s been one of the positive messages I’ve been hearing this week that I hadn’t previously considered about Bowie – I never appreciated the huge role he played in helping so many accept themselves.
      Yet another layer to a fascinating artist, thanks for sharing your experience Wayne

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