On 10th January 2016 a great star died, and a great constellation was born:
Although it hasn’t been yet officially acclaimed by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), to Bowie’s fans and followers it is obvious that their idol belongs and has always belonged to a cosmic or intergallactical space.
Ziggy Stardust, A Man Who Fell to Earth, Life on Mars? – are just a few themes that we associate David Bowie with. His last album, Blackstar, realeased just two days before his death (on his 69th birthday), is an influential coda to the artist’s discography.
Trivia: Blackstar has topped Billboard 200 – it was his first US album to reach number one.
Thanks to my Mum’s lifelong fascintation with David Bowie, I was introduced to his music very early. She loved to listen to him before going to bed and I could overhear her sing his biggest hits. Sometimes, it was just too much for me, but thanks to this experience, I could recognise his songs after one note. I appreciated them much later, when I started to discover his biography, his visual transformations, and his pioneering role in setting new fashion and lifestyle trends.
After his death, we had many conversations with my Mum about him. As for his image changes, she said one important thing: “He was not a chameleon, as some people say. Because chameleons adapt to the environment around them. He did no such thing.” So true.
A visonary; a multiinstrumentalist (he could play 13 instruments); a fashion icon; an activist fighting for racial, gender and social equality; an intriguing voice; my mother’s hero. That’s how I will remember him.
Today, I’ve decided to pay my tribute to him by presenting his most memorable outlooks and “translating” them into home decor objects. I hope you like my choices.
One would like to say: “Always be yourself. Unless you can be David Bowie. Then always be David Bowie”.
The truth is, he was one of those irreplaceable people. We will miss him.