Listening to David Bowie sing, "Look up here, I'm in Heaven." while watching the visuals for "Lazarus," released January 7th, the day before his 69th birthday is eerie to say the least; as only 3 days after the video was available to the public, David Bowie loses his 18-month long battle with cancer. This is a measure of Bowie's artistic genius, as the video shows him in a hospital bed, singing "Just like the bluebird, I'll be free." He even made art of his own death, and free he is.
Edit: After writing this, it has been confirmed by the video's director that "Lazarus," and Blackstar are indeed David Bowie's "parting gift" to his fans; he was an a true artist, and wanted to have things said, his way, until the very end. Incredible.
I can not say enough about the influential singer-songwriter and producer genius. In his eclectic 40-plus-years and 25 album career, he introduced the world to so many sounds, looks, personas, and ideas, encouraging future artists and his followers to be different, and not to fear being themselves, or whoever they wanted to be. Bowie gave us a taste of glam rock, androgyny, punk, soul, electronica and fantasy and he never held back, and for that and so much more, I thank him.
He won my heart as a little girl in Labyrinth as Jareth the Goblin King, and kept it throughout my teen years to my adulthood, where just two years ago I was lucky enough to attend a Bowie exhibit at the AGO in Toronto and was blown-away. I feel lucky to have lived during a time where David Bowie existed, and am grateful I discovered him at such an early age. Rest in Peace, David Jones, your legacy will live on.
David Bowie [Jones] and son Duncan Jones