David Bowie: artist, innovator, genius

On 11 January I woke up to the news that a new star had appeared in the firmament. David Bowie had died at the age of 69 after a courageous battle with cancer.

So many tributes have been paid – some effusive, some quasi-hysterical, some in quiet dignity – to the influence that Bowie had on their lives.

I won’t add to them here because much of what can be said has already been by so many people. Kind thoughts and sympathy go out to Iman, his wife of 24 years, and all his family at this sad time.

Bowie was a beacon of creativity, and all of us can learn much from his life and work. The model he gave to us is profound:

  1. Be an artist.
  2. Be yourself.
  3. Innovate, challenge boundaries, explore.
  4. Commit to quality: do it right, and do it best.
  5. Collaborate: seek out other creatives and do amazing work with them.
  6. Don’t ever be afraid to change: reinvent yourself.
  7. Commit to the journey.
  8. Produce a sound body of work.
  9. Never forget where you came from.
  10. Be nice to people, be generous, and leave the world with love.

David Bowie will live on in the hearts of all those he touched. He inspired a generation with his music, his art, and his life.

He will never be forgotten.

David Bowie, artist, musician, 1947–2016. Died 10 January 2016.

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