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Rest easy, David Bowie

Album “Blackstar” illustrates Bowie’s heartfelt goodbye

On Jan. 10, the inspiring musical legend David Bowie passes away peacefully while surrounded by his family and friends.

David Bowie released his 25th and final album, “Blackstar,” on Jan. 8, his 69th birthday. The album title clearly infers that Bowie knew he was dying and that this record may be his final farewell to his admiring audience, and beloved family and friends.

Tributes are paid to the late David Bowie at a mural by artist James Cochran in South London, on January 12, 2016 Ramzy Alwakeel/Standard UK

Two days after the album was released, the music legend passed away from cancer.

His death affected so many people because his life had made such a monumental impact. Palomar student, Alex Gonzales, 22, did not see Bowie’s death coming.

“I remember going online and reading the headline hoping it was a hoax. And to pass away two days after the release of his final album ‘Blackstar’, it’s like he wrote his own epitaph,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez added: “His music always expressed individuality. He expressed himself in his music and wasn’t afraid to try new genres of music”.

Bowie’s outrageous and eccentric style influenced pop culture and created a pathway for many other artists, musicians, and admirers.

His character was constantly altering, one minute he was Ziggy Stardust, then the next he was a central figure in pop music and accomplished actor.

He created a new style of rock and lead the genre away from it’s classical stage performances and in to a center figured theatrical stage presence. He made it cool to be different, and demonstrated that you aren’t weird if you don’t follow the norm.

This music icon left behind an amazing career that included 26 albums and spanned over four decades.

Although he may be gone, his legacy will continue to live on. He will always be revered as a music pioneer and as an artist who successfully and continuously experimented with different artistic mediums.

“My David don’t you worry, this cold world is not for you. So rest your head upon me, I have strength to carry you.”

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