He was going to feature in this list anyway. How could he not?
When I first heard the news that David Bowie had passed away, I hoped – prayed! – that it was a hoax; a cruel, awful hoax. Then I realised that it wasn’t, and that one of my ultimate heroes was gone.
At first, I was surprised and slightly embarrassed by my reaction – I cried all morning getting ready for work, I shed a few tears on the bus into town, I even (much to the bemusement of my colleagues) welled up in the office. After all, I didn’t actually know him. But then I realised that we all did, in a way; he’s always been there. He’s soundtracked some of the best days and nights of my life. He reminds me of being in love. His music has lifted me when at my lowest ebb. You just don’t expect someone as iconic as him to ever leave.
I’m devastated that I’ll never get to see him play live, but his glorious music will live on forever; a cliché, yes, but a welcome consolation on a terrible day like today. If nothing else, it’s a reminder that life is short and we should fill the rest of our days on this planet with love and laughter and lots and lots of music.
On that note, Rebel Rebel is the song that made me fall in love with him all those years ago. Let’s go out and dance to it on Saturday night. Rest in peace, you beautiful man.