What is art? Better still, who is the artist? Is he Major Tom, floating out into space? Ziggy Stardust, bringing us hope at a time of despair? A Thin White Duke? A Man in Berlin? A Rebel? A Tin Machine? Lazarus? Or is he just David Bowie?
To say Bowie is gone is like saying Picasso is gone. The artist always remains. He remains in the orchestra interpreting The Planets Suite. She remains in adaptations of her tales of the English countryside. He or she even remains in the cave paintings of Lascaux.
If you have the chance today, take a listen to Bowie’s last album, “Blackstar.” Here, he uses his impending end as an opportunity to inspire us one last time.
(c) 2016 D.G. McCabe