2016 started out on a decidedly unpleasant notes for fans not just of music, but of art as a whole. A great man was lost, a man who had inspired the hearts of musicians, storytellers, and people fighting for sexual equality and diversity, and fans of fantasy alike. While he was born as David Robert Jones, the name we all knew and loved him by was David Bowie. His career spanned over 50 years, with Bowie constantly reinventing himself and his genre of music. For those who grew with him, his music was always relevant, growing and adapting as new styles came and went, while still remaining quintessentially Bowie.
January saw him pass from our lives at the hands of Liver Cancer which he had been fighting for the past 18 months. His death came as a surprise to his fans as he had remained remarkably quiet about both his illness and the struggles he was facing in overcoming it. It somehow seems appropriate that his last album, Blackstar, was released two days prior to his death and was composed as a goodbye gift to his fans. In this article, we’re going to take some time to honor the man’s life and his history, and the effect he had on all of us throughout his career.