Learning of his death on the 10th of January, both saddened me and shocked me with my degree of grief.
I had the privillege of witnessing both of Bowie's Melbourne concert tours and will never forget his sympathetic adaptiation of the lyrics of "Fame", to "Rain", as the audience endured particularly inclement weather in the filled to capacity ourdoor venue of the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1983. How unfortunate, that his fear of flying prevented his more regular touring Australia, as I for one would not have missed one single opportunity to see him perform live!
I loved Bowie's sense of fashion and style and referred to him within my network of equally enamoured friends as "the coat hanger", for his capacity to wear almost anything and look fantastic. From Ziggy Stardust, to his 'Mr Cool' image in stylish retro suits, Bowie wore all his many costumes as only an original style icon can. I will miss the many images he chose to portray of himself throughout his public life, as I will miss his wonderful music and many skills as a performance artist.
'Changes 1' is amongst my all time favourite and most often played albums in my collection, but never did Bowie produce a single song I thought was a lemon!
As for those wonderful video clips, what a wonderful legacy and inspiration Bowie has left to our cuture!
Bowie's tremouring vocal range and capacity was unique and intense. He was renouned as an innovator, fond of experimenting, risk-taking and support and encouragement of fellow artists and musicians, via constructive collaborations and more!
Beyond this Bowie was a trail blazer in relation to exploration of gender and sexuality. He was quick to denounce racism and actively supported campaigns to increase the rights and profiles of Afro-Americans and other so called minority groups within the music industry and beyond.
Most of my peers are in mourning for one of our most adored, if enigmatic heroes. Indeed, David Bowie will remain a hero amongst us, in memorium, rather than "just for one day"!