Saying goodbye to David Bowie

January 11, 2016

I was lucky enough to share my birthday with David Bowie for the last 28 years. It made me feel special and unique to have the same date of birth as a living legend like him. January 8th made me feel connected to Bowie in my own little way. Whenever my friends would brag about which famous person they shared their birthday with, I knew I'd win. Who could beat David Bowie? No one. Except maybe Elvis Presley, but guess what? He was born on January 8th, too. Elvis passed away long before I came into this world, so Bowie was really my main birthday counterpart. The one I always listened to - to celebrate. The coolest musician in the world would blow out his candles on the same day as me, year after year, until now.

David Bowie passed away last night at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer. His latest record, Blackstar, came out just a few days ago to glowing reviews and praise from the industry. The album seemed dark and dramatic and totally Bowie, which was perfect, but now that record feels very sad to me. It was his way of saying goodbye. And we had no idea! I mean, we didn't even know he was sick. This is all such a shock. I feel awful for his family, who must be hurting so much right now. I hope it brings them some small comfort to know that millions of fans are grieving along with them. I know I am.

I've been to thousands of concerts in my life, so when anyone would ask "Who haven't you seen live?" it would usually take me awhile to think of a good answer. Chances are I've been there, seen it, heard it, bought the t-shirt, etc. But I never got a chance to see David Bowie live. Being in my 20's, I don't know if I ever really had a chance to. Or if I did, I was probably a broke teenager at the time. I just always figured there would be one last tour or some big farewell show and that I would get my chance. But now that's gone, too. It's safe to say my bucket list got a lot shorter last night.

For all of my fellow weirdos out there, the artists and the outcasts, I know you're as crushed as I am right now. Listen to his music. It's the only way to cope. Just like when we were growing up. He'll get us through this just like he got us through high school. He made us feel connected then, so why not now?