David Bowie: Starman

While the world mourns the passing of David Bowie, it’s difficult to comprehend that he was—in fact—mortal. With a career that crossed six decades and a mesmerizing ever-evolving sound and aesthetic, Bowie had (in his own words) “a repulsive need to be something more than human,” which is all too accurate. With “Starman“—a late addition to 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars—Bowie’s alter-ego Ziggy Stardust spreads a message of hope for Earth. Apart from reassuring us it’s all worthwhile, the Starman urges listeners, “Let all the children boogie.” His death is a loss of a true legend, but there’s no doubt that Bowie has gone home. As he said in The Man Who Fell to Earth, “I’m just visiting.”