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For my generation, 1990s alt-rock was a golden era of music. It was an era in which rock music actually landed into the mainstream
Bowie's giant footprint in pop music and pop culture often overshadows the fact that he was an incredibly gifted singer, who came of age in the era of the great song stylists of the jazz era and brought that approach into his music in a seamless manner.
I listened to Blackstar twice on January 9, the day after it came out and a day before David Bowie died (it is still entirely surreal to type the words "Bowie died"). I listened to it a third time on January 11.
I was a high school misfit in the early 80s when I first discovered you, and everything got better after that.
How fitting that even in death, he found an opportunity to make art. That, in fact, he made his death itself into art. What could be more creative, life-affirming, or triumphant than that?
I think of his family today, mourning someone they knew and loved while a world of strangers feels their own grief for whichever incarnation of David Bowie spoke to them.
His producer confirmed the album was a "parting gift."