I was so sad to learn of the death of David Bowie today. After losing his 18 month battle with cancer, he passed away two days after his 69th birthday surrounded by family, according to his Facebook page.
For those of you who know me or who read this blog, I’m sure you haven’t missed the fact that I’m a huge David Bowie fan. I’ve been passionate about his music and inspired by his artistry since I was a child. I had the pleasure of viewing the “David Bowie Is…” exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art about a year ago.
I’m flying to New York to see his play Lazarus next weekend. It was almost impossible to get seats, but my brother surprised me with tickets as a Christmas gift. (The picture above is my brother at the “David Bowie Is…” art exhibit.) Lazarus is a musical sequel to Bowie’s film, The Man Who Fell to Earth and to the Walter Tevis novel upon which the movie was based. Needless to say, seeing Lazarus next week will have an entirely new bittersweet poignancy, knowing it is one of the last of Bowie’s creations.