David Bowie died. I never gave a moment’s thought to what the world would be like without him before now. The world seems like a less magical place now.

I grew up knowing David Bowie as the Goblin King. When I was little I loved Sarah, Sir Didymus and Ludo (ROCKS), but as I got older I started appreciate just how great Bowie was as Jareth the Goblin King. He brought an otherworldlyness to the role that made believe that Jareth was something truly inhuman, no matter how human shaped he might be.

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It wasn’t until I was an adult that I really got into his music. Space Oddity is my favorite, and it’s the song I’ve been thinking of since I heard the news that Bowie passed away yesterday.

I don’t have anything more to add that hasn’t already been said, all I can do is to add my voice to the chorus of people saying that he will be missed and that I’m beyond happy that he got to put out one last piece of work that was clearly very important to him before he passed.

These are the lyrics to Space Oddity. Even without the music it’s a haunting story.

 

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
Ground Control to Major Tom (Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six)
Commencing countdown, engines on (Five, Four, Three)
Check ignition and may God’s love be with you (Two, One, Liftoff)

This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare
“This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in the most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
For here am I sitting in my tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear And I’m floating around my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do.”