What can I say about David Bowie that thousands of others have not already said? The fact that on my social media it has been non-stop reflection on his death is testament enough of how much people loved him and his music.
Folks admire the way he re-invented himself time and again in the 70s, his immaculate fashion sense and his conceptual art nous. Even his film roles were immensely memorable! But bottom line for me will always be his iconoclastic music.
Deeply touched initially by the influences of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Syd Barrett, Anthony Newley, Scott Walker, the Rolling Stones, The Who and many others, Bowie was a sponge when it came to music making, never afraid to experiment with pop and rock styles such that he would create entire new genres that would inspire scores of musicians after him.
Can anyone imagine the post-punk scene without Bowie? Impossible! The fact that that influence endures to this day speaks for itself. Personally, it was this eclecticism, this ability to shape-shift and surprise that made Bowie significant and important as a songwriter and artist.
And… what about that voice? The way that it twisted and turned between range of notes and affectation, the manner in which it wrapped itself around those delightfully artful lyrics — unforgettable.
At the end of the day, all we have left is the music. Inevitably, a playlist put together for me to remember David Bowie. Gone but never to be forgotten. Rest in peace, Mr. Jones.