David Bowie was a man of differences. He was different in appearance, in style and in personality. He didn’t know if he was gay or straight when he was younger. No one knows his natural hair color (he dyed it all different colors). He was even born with eyes in two different colors—one blue, one brown. Him not being sure of himself, and being bold enough to share his peculiarities, was an inspiration to many people.
Bowie’s songs were also somewhat of a divergence. Even some of the songs had peculiar names, Space Oddity, which has ‘odd’ in its very name, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), and Teenage Wildlife. He knew he was somewhat different to other people and celebrated it in his love for Rock and Roll.
David Bowie lived in New York City for 20 years. He could go from bright red hair and pull on Union jack outfit, to completely invisible, walking the streets of New York with no recognition from anyone, just like any regular New Yorker. Up until his death last Sunday, he was a full-blown New Yorker. He proved it by stating himself “I’m a New Yorker!” in 2003.
January 10, 2016, marks the day that David Bowie was taken from his many fans, his father, his wife and his two children. Just two days before that (January 8, 2016) was Bowie’s 69th birthday, the same date of the other great musician, Elvis Presley. His last album, Blackstar, was released on his birthday, by him, with his family watching. The picture is the last picture anyone took of him. It was taken on his birthday by his wife, Iman. He was surrounded by loving family and friends at the time of his death.
He will be remembered by people of all ages, genders and races for generations. People will continue to be followers of David Bowie, of the great man that was different from others, and was not afraid to flaunt it.