In Memorial of David Bowie
David Bowie has passed, but he was larger than life. He created myths and fantasies that he could live out his creations through, that he could reach people through. The name David Bowie has become a being that can’t die because he is embedded in us, not just in the vinyl we own or the posters on our wall, but in the more colorful and eccentric world we live in because he existed. He does not need tall buildings or statues or large falices to be memorialized. I remember his successes and his mistakes as proof that we are all aliens in our own way and that only makes us more human. Our alien nature only makes it more possible for us to be who we want to be. It will never stop us from being more fabulous than we’d ever imagined. Without ever saying a word to me, David Bowie makes me feel like I’m beautiful, like I can dress the way I want to, have the friends and lovers I want to, and to be proud of everything that makes me different. He taught me to embrace change, and that entering new worlds or ideas or spaces can be sincere, and there’s no need to be afraid or to feel like a poser. It just means I get to experiment with my hair do. He taught me that you can be a bad ass, you can push the limits while being sentimental in a room full of muppets. So much of who I am today, and of who so many people are, is shaped by David Bowie and the excellent musicians and artists he brought together. The world will never forget its new found comfort, self esteem, and spectacular environment he helped give it permission to create with his confidence and talent. His devotion to art was never simply about getting paid or being loved, it was about bringing everyone together and telling them to “give me your hands, because you’re wonderful.”
If anyone would like to help me figure out how to get to the memorial concert at Carnegie hall, or arrange our own memorial concert and/or a memorial film marathon in New Orleans please let me know. I know a lot of people who feel the word 'fan' is understatement when it comes to Bowie and I know this isn’t easy for any of us.