Upon performing my regular morning routine (checking Twitter) earlier today, I was greeted with more than the standard internet arguments and sports news I had grown accustomed to.
At the age of 69, music icon David Bowie had tragically lost his life in a battle with cancer. I’d be lying if I said I knew the full details of his untimely passing, and I’d also be lying if I said I was a mega-fan of his musical backlog.
However despite this, I couldn’t help but feel a certain sadness upon receiving the news. My news feed was awash with people sharing their sadness at the passing of Bowie, from Hideo Kojima to people I’d never even heard of before.
I’ll reiterate again that although I’d recently grown to love a few Bowie songs (I’m listening to Under Pressure as I struggle to type this) I’m nowhere near as much of a fan as the people who were clearly shaken by his death. But I didn’t have to be a huge fan of his to be saddened by his passing.
As Charles Barkley once put it, “the internet is where idiots go to feel important.” And as I saw a few notices of people giving grief to others over not being as big a Bowie fan as they were, or telling them that there were more important things in the world, these words rang true with me.
Absolutely anyone can be saddened by the passing of another human being. It’s almost natural, you could say, to react to the passing of David Bowie with sadness, even if you aren’t accustomed to his musical career.
This is primarily due to the weight his name carries in the modern day. I can guarantee you that even if you haven’t listened to a song of Bowie’s, you’ve most certainly listened to a song of someone that was influenced by him in some way.
The point is, you don’t need to justify the feeling of sadness over the passing of another human being, even if you didn’t know their work particularly well. This is all despite what the average Twitter troll will tell you, that you can’t feel sadness towards someone you barely knew.
So if you hadn’t listened to the music of David Bowie before today, or if you somehow hadn’t heard of the man, just type his name into YouTube, sit back, and enjoy.