It’s always hard to hear that someone who has impacted your life has passed away. David Bowie was one of the first artists that I really dove into; he made me see music in a different way.
Growing up, my best friend Jacob and I would learn about new bands from his older brother, Matt. I remember Matt telling us to buy the first Ramones album when we were in 7th grade—that’s when it all started. From then on, music had a much bigger influence on our lives and we were constantly bugging Matt for new bands to listen to.
One day Jacob and I grabbed Bowie’s Hunky Dory album from Matt’s bedroom and listened to it while we skateboarded in his parents’ garage. I remember thinking how amazing the songs were and was excited to hear more. A few days later I went to Best Buy with my mom and bought the 30th anniversary edition of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. I instantly fell in love with the songs, the lyrics, and all of the photos inside. I think that’s what really grabbed me, listening to all these amazing songs about this fictional character while being able to see photos of the theatrics and Bowie in costume as Ziggy Stardust. It was so creative and so different from anything that I had ever seen before.
Within the next week I had gone back to Best Buy for two more of Bowie’s albums—Diamond Dogs and Aladdin Sane. I took the little CD packs to school so I could read the booklets and look through the photos during study hall. I was infatuated.
There’s a certain photo of Bowie from Diamond Dogs where he’s sitting in a chair with a big Mastiff standing on its hind legs next to him. I remember when I saw that photo, I couldn’t wait to get home so I could listen to the album while looking at that image.
It’s sad that he’s gone, but he will always remain a creative inspiration to me and listening to his music will always bring me into a better mood.