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The internet is full of tributes to David Bowie today. He died of cancer two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his last album, Blackstar. Reaction is universally shock — he kept his 18-month battle a secret. And people from all walks of life are sharing their grief and stories of his influence in their lives.
Mostly I associate David Bowie with “Space Oddity,” a song that I listened to incessantly over many years. Also, I have vivid memories of an eccentric high school classmate dressed in the style of Ziggy Stardust. Throughout the decades, Bowie hovered on the edge of my musical consciousness and intrigued me with with his cutting edge fashion. I don’t ever recall any talk of obnoxious diva behavior, just adherence to his art in the face of consternation. The same cannot be said of reality celebrities or many admittedly talented artists of today. They act like privileged, spoiled babies and distract from their art. We will miss David Bowie for so much, his classiness as well as his art. RIP.