You gave my world authenticity David Bowie; you defied convention and gave meaning to life; by Chuck Duboff

David Bowie:

“… And these children
that you spit on
as they try to change their worlds
are immune to your consultations.
They’re quite aware
of what they’re going through…”


Saying thank you to David Bowie seems so small, so simplistic.  I find myself at a loss for words to express my gratitude…Your music, your style, your authentic nature inspired me to fight convention.  Your hair, clothes, sexual experimentation…they all spoke to me.


Living in a cookie cutter world suffocated me.  Dressing as you were told defied logic; being told how to wear your hair was rule 1, rule 1A and rule 1B.  Daring to express a political opinion or thought meant sentencing to the dungeon…Life was exhausting, confusing, irrational.

Then you came along David.  I was a rocker, a Zeppelin fan…their music spoke to me as had the Beatles.  Something was brewing inside of me…then Ziggy Stardust showed up, Changes, Golden Years, Suffragette City, Fame, Under Pressure, Lets Dance, It Ain’t Easy…all exploded on the music scene…so hard to define your music, but, like my man Bob Dylan, you didn’t want to be defined.  You changed; soon as we thought we knew you, you brought something new to the world…not just of music…but of fashion…of attitude…of exploring other ways of thinking, observing creating.


It was the ’70’s…I let my hair grow out much to the chagrin of the “convention police”.  Earrings fascinated me and down this path I travelled;  I experimented with clothes to find me…I felt alive and finding some form of authenticity.  The earrings gestapo were livid and withdrew from my world…but deep inside I felt alive for the first time.


My world collapsed; those around couldn’t understand my thinking, my way of being…but David Bowie was alive on MTV, his words spoke to me…that it was ok to defy convention, that it was ok to be true to yourself.   Family, friends, lovers all drifted away…and I drifted away from this world…lost in my own little space odyssey.

“It amazes me sometimes that even intelligent people will analyze a situation or make a judgement after only recognizing the standard or traditional structure of a piece.” David Bowie.

Much of this so called journey has defied understanding…yet, it was you David who gave this life some meaning.  Your last message to us, Lazarus, speaks to all of us…break the monotony of convention, of the cookie cutter world and live your authentic life.

“I’ve got drama that can’t be stolen; everybody knows me now.”  David Bowie






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