As I heard of David Bowie's death this morning, I couldn't help but think of my time spent with him. I was 10 when I was first introduced to David Bowie. It was a chance Christmas gift, most likely on the bargain shelf that scored me the "Tonight" album. It wasn't at all what I wanted. Heck, it wasn't the album I asked for, or even the right band, but I couldn't get enough of it. I listened to that cassette tape over and over and since none of my friends were listening to Bowie, I felt like I had some secret knowledge of this great artist that no one else knew.
As I grew older and discovered more Bowie music, I would learn that "Tonight" wasn't his best work, and that it wasn't an album he was very proud of, but like a first kiss, it will always be special to me. Because of David Bowie, I learned to look beyond what was popular and step outside the norm, to see the world from a different perspective. Just like music, life doesn't have to fit into a box.
David Bowie wowed me with his creativity and unique style, not to mention all that glitter! He wasn't afraid to put himself out there and be as he envisioned himself. I didn't love all his music, but I loved that he wasn't afraid to make it. He was and is an inspiration, a reminder that we all have have something to give, and only a short life to live.
In honor of the late David Bowie, here's some of my favorite Bowie songs.
"We can be heroes, just for one day."
May your week be full of music, art and all things sparkly!