The tributes have been touching. David Bowie’s death has reached many of us. It reminds me of the conversations we had when Robin Williams left us. Bowie, died from cancer. Two days after his birthday. Two days after the release of his last album.
Kevin Donnelly of True North Sports and Entertainment told us he was, in so many ways, an ordinary dad: “He played here, rehearsed and took his son bowling at Polo Park.”
Rewind: Sept. 14., 1983. It was the concert of the year for our crew. Upper deck, east side, Winnipeg Stadium. We could hardly see him. Yes he was already a pioneer. Actor, musician, a trained mime. We didn’t know much about Ziggy Stardust just his songs were fun: Let’s Dance, China Girl and Modern Love – we listened and danced and watched the videos. He inspired so many other stars of my generation. U2, Radiohead, Madonna, and artists of today, most notably Lady Gaga. He was part of a generation of fun.
Fast-forward 33 years: McCartney and Jagger are still with us, hopefully for a long time. But some of the people who were a part of our younger life are proving to be mortal. Not alcohol or drug induced deaths that we see in rock. No. Cancer. Some of the cool ones are starting to leave us of the diseases that take our parents and grandparents.
It reminds us to live every day to the fullest. Don’t sweat the small stuff and to dance.
Rick Mercer joined us on Winnipeg’s Morning News and expressed his thoughts on the late music icon.