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I woke up at about six this morning and checked my phone, like I do any other morning. Unfortunately, for the third time in the past month-and-a-half, I learned an iconic singer’s death.
As I scrolled through Twitter and Google News, David Bowie’s death began to make sense, as much as the passing of a lauded artist can.
Bowie released the video for “Lazarus” last week, on the day of his 69th birthday. The video and animations that accompanied the album’s promotional material were a tad creepy, but undoubtedly Bowie. From Bowie’s gaunt figure levitating over his bed to the title of the album, Bowie left hints of his illness and imminent passing in his final work.
Bowie’s social media team shared GIFs of his transformation during his career, from Ziggy Stardust to Labyrinth. Seeing Bowie’s different iterations of himself made me marvel at his longevity in music business, a function of the shown ability to reinvent himself.
I sat in bed reading posts from my favorite musicians mourning the loss of Bowie, and I couldn’t help but find peace in the way David Bowie left this life.
Not unlike his career, Bowie’s handling of his death was on his own terms, an artful performance piece that was undeniably from the mind of the man who made generations care about something abstract as “Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars.”