On January 10 2016, two days after his 69th birthday, the world lost an icon. After a musical career spanning 51 years, 26 albums, 111 singles and 51 music videos, David Bowie lost his quiet, valiant battle against cancer.
Just as we were barely beginning to explore his latest release - the immensely complex yet strangely moving 'Black Star' - the unexpected news of his death sent shockwaves around the world.
His other parting gift to Humanity, the musical 'Lazarus', revisits one of his film roles - Thomas Jerome Newton, from 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' - leaves us hungry for what could have been the next step in Bowie's musical evolution, as a creator of stunning theatre.
Of all the celebrities who passed away in 2016, Bowie's departure seems to have had a deeper impact than most. Throughout his career, Bowie's re-inventions repeatedly changed and challenged genres, raising the bar for other musicians.
It's almost impossible to fit Bowie's career into a simple, linear definition. Singer, actor, writer, artist - he was simply a phenomenon.
Yet, one year on, it's still difficult to accept that he's gone. Along with many of his fans, I still cling to the belief that the Starman has simply been called home to whatever glorious galaxy loaned him to us.
On what would have been Bowie's 70th birthday, a new track was released No Plan. If you have not heard it - listen below.
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