I woke up to the saddest news this morning, David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69 after an eighteen month battle with cancer. The family is asking for privacy, but I can’t let the life of this icon from my life go un-celebrated here.
As a child of the 70s and 80s, David Bowie’s music was the soundtrack of my life. He stayed current by re-inventing his career multiple times (which as I think about it is similar to how Walt Disney became an icon). Along they way he become an actor and entered our lives on the big screen as well. He had a small part in Disney’s universe when portrayed Nikola Tesla in Touchstone Pictures’ “The Prestige” in 2006. Additionally, his music has been featured in many films, including the recent Marvel/Disney success “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Although it wasn’t a Disney film, Bowie’s role as Jareth, the Goblin King, in 1986s “Labyrinth” did involve both George Lucas and Jim Henson’s Muppets, whose other works have entered the Disney family since then.
It’s impossible for me to choose just one song to sum up Bowie’s career, but if we all just danced a little bit today, the world would be a better place… so here’s “Let’s Dance” for some inspiration:
Our deepest condolences to Bowie’s family and friends and our appreciation for the time and legacy he left us.