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Radio Rock God and Goblin King David Bowie a Life Celebrated

Written by Ken Murdock

My Facebook feed blew up with the news that nobody wanted to except as truth. Then I went through all 7 stages of grief: SHOCKED that a man that seemed immortal has died, DENIAL checked Snopes to see if this was a hoax, ANGER first Lemmy now Bowie!! WHAT THE FUCKING, FUCK!?!!, BARGAINING maybe they secretly did make a Labyrinth 2, DEPRESSION gonna eat some chocolate and watch music videos, TESTING doesn’t he have a new album due out soon? (BLACKSTAR came out on his 69 birthday Jan 8th 2016 just 2 days before he died), and ACCEPTANCE here I am writing about his death.

Lazarus by David Bowie is everything we love about BOWIE.

If we could write our own epitaph what would our’s say? Well he did.

Lazarus feels like the goodbye song it is and it hits you right in the feels. “Look up here I’m in heaven.” are the very first lyrics ringing out in his clear and troubled voice. The bass line is an irregular driving heart beat of life and the horns of heaven echo every emotion emoting from Bowie. This song is gonna be an emotional roller coaster ride for fans as it is haunting, beautiful, painful, and freeing. “Just like that Blue Bird. Oh, I’ll be free. Ain’t that just like me.”

The Bowie family has asked for privacy and deserve respect. I for one am hoping the internet can behave with some compassion and empathy. Having lost many family members to cancer I can only imagine what the family is dealing with right now. So show them respect by giving them their privacy. I see my friends posting photos of when they dressed up as Bowie, sharing stories of concerts, arranging movie viewings, visiting his star leaving personal memories, and all celebrating the life of their favorite Starman in their own way.

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We can talk about the accolades and influence of Bowie like: Saturn Award for Best Actor 1976, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 1996, His over 20 Albums Recorded, Movie Soundtracks, Chart Topping Singles from the 1960’s to 2000’s, and decades of Acting Roles and Cameos; but to me he will always be the Goblin King from Labyrinth. This man of Music influences can be felt with his fans mourning world wide. He has inspired us all to believe in our beautiful WEIRD selves. Yes, we are the weirdo off spring of his creative expression. Generations of creators across entertainment that he helped believe anything was possible. A man that stood on stage performing his unique vision of music with no apologies. He was the original GLAM ROCK. His voice has always had a haunting quality that transports you out of your comfort zone and into the reality of his choosing. He created his own style and fashion in a confused age of music, when others were fighting over Disco or Rock, that transcended popular music becoming POP. His use of synthesizers changed the way music was made and heard in the 80’s helping pave the way for many NEW AGE acts. His style constantly progressed interweaving genres making him genre-less. He wore makeup. He glittered. He was a Rock Star and our generations Elvis. (Like Elvis people will remember where they were when they heard the news) He sang about the existential questions of the universe taking you on different journeys and his lyrics of the past seem fitting today as he questioned society, his place in it, self expression, love, and encouraged us to love our selves for who we are…….Cause we are all a little ODD.

“Nothing will keep us together / We can beat them for ever and ever / We can be heroes, just for one day”  “It was God’s light, it was ragged and naive / It was heaven,”  “We passed upon the stair, we spoke of was and when / Although I wasn’t there, he said I was his friend, which came as some surprise / I spoke into his eyes / I thought you died alone, a long long time ago,”   “She opened strange doors that we’d never close again / She began to wail, jealousy scream, waiting at the light.”   “A cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest, and a queer threw up at the sight of that,”  “It’s on America’s tortured brow that Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow / Now the workers have struck for fame, ’cause Lennon’s on sale again.”  “Oh no, love! You’re not alone /You’re watching yourself, but you’re too unfair /You got your head all tangled up, but if I could only make you care,”   “Sits like a man but he smiles like a reptile / She love him but just for a short while / She’ll scratch in the sand, won’t let go his hand / He says he’s a beautician and sells you nutrition and keeps all your dead hair for making up underwear.” Read More: Top 10 David Bowie Lyrics |

My favorite song will always be Space Oddity.

I know he has been in more TV and Movies than I have time to even list from his iMDb, but I know most of you are watching him now and singing along to “Dance, Magic Dance.” anyway.

The Labyrinth came out in a time of 80’s awesomeness.

1985: The Goonies, Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, Rocky IV, and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome were the Top 5 with personal favorites like Weird Science, Fright Night, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Cocoon, Real Genius, Fletch, Clue, Return of the Living Dead, Red Sonja and Ladyhawke.

1986: Labyrinth, Top Gun, Stand By Me, Aliens, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off were the Top 5 with personal favorites like Platoon, Big Trouble in Little China, Howard the Duck, The Fly, House, Short Circuit, Cobra, Pretty in Pink, Hoosiers, The Golden Child, Little Shop of Horrors,and Rad.

1987: The Princess Bride, Full Metal Jacket, Spaceballs, Dirty Dancing, and Harry and the Hendersons were the Top 5 with personal favorites like The Lost Boys, RoboCop, The Untouchables, Beverly Hills Cop II, Hellraiser, Innerspace, Lethal Weapon, Evil Dead II, and Three Men and a Baby.

These were all movies that shaped me into the person I am today and I always knew how many of my friends loved (Still Do) Labyrinth, but, until writing this, I had no idea just how far that movie reached. It always felt more underground and cult classic to me, but iMDb shows that it was actually most popular on their list that year. In a time of great comedies, action movies, space odysseys, and horror the genre of Fantasy was rarely popular main stream. However, not only did Bowie act in one of the most popular fantasy movies of all time but he also wrote original music for the movie. Singing puppets. Jim Hensen. What’s not to like? Though, it may have lost money in the box office the movie grew in success thanks to the days of video stores. I remember many a viewing parties at friends houses over the years. The Goblin King was the villain of the movie, but nobody really looks at Bowie as the bad guy of this film. After all he was called to take the baby by Jennifer Connelly (Sarah) because she was a bad older sister. She had to go through a world of oddities and mazes in order to redeem herself and save her little brother. So who was really the bad guy? Besides his hair was awesome and that outfit was cool. Let’s face it we were all cheering for the Goblin King and wanted to go live with Jareth and the goblins.

No matter how he touched your life through his artistry there was obviously something special about the man.

DAVID BOWIE passed away after a fight with Liver Cancer January 10th 2016 in New York City. Thank you for your light in this dark world and sharing your MAGIC with the world. Dance, Starman Dance.

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