The Everlasting Influence Of David Bowie

by Hilary Crisan

David Bowie was the first music I had ever heard.

And I don’t mean that in a “my-eyes-were-opened-by-his-style-and-music” type of way, although that is true when I could actually comprehend it. I mean literally.

One of my favorite home movies is the day I was brought home from the hospital. I was two days old. My uncle was filming, and “Changes” by David Bowie was playing in the background. My dad, who was holding a swaddled, tiny me in his arms, looked down and said, “this song is for you, Hilary.”

I grew up always thinking that song was for me. I still think that song is for me.

Between the years 2007-2010, approximately, I dyed my hair that Ziggy Stardust red over and over and over again, because it’s such a fabulous color. I couldn’t pull it off like he did. Who else really could, though? My mom tried, too, but back in the 1970s.

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David Bowie’s voice was always in my ear, throughout my entire life. He had always impacted my style and my attitude, whether I really knew it or not.

The crazy amount of mourning going on in the world right now tells that I’m certainly not the only one who felt this way. I have never seen such a gathering for the death of a musician, it’s truly incredible.

Thank you, David Bowie, for being my true life inspiration.

Images:, Hilary Crisan

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