David Bowie passes away. I’ve never seen another artist who reinvented himself with every passing decade, and was totally authentic each and every time. I listened to his final album “Blackstar” as I walked around the lake tonight. I couldn’t believe the man was nearly seventy. David Bowie is timeless.
After nearly fifty years of hauntingly brilliant work, his last performances are arguably his greatest. And his final video, his most poignant and powerful. This is what it looks like when a musical genius drops the mic on life:
Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy: Homophobia, the attack on affirmative action, the evisceration of the Voting Rights Act, the notion that black students would be better off at slower schools, the condoning of torture, the condoning of racial profiling of Latinos in Arizona, Bush v. Gore, the notion of Corporate Personhood, and the shredding of campaign finance reform. Not to mention the drastic limitations on women’s reproductive freedom in several states. Depending on your political persuasion, this is either a job well done, or a tragic legacy.
Prince dies at the young age of 57. Same age and same year as Vanity. A few months ago, when Vanity passed away, Prince paid tribute to her. It was haunting and beautiful, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. I saw the video before Prince’s team had all copies of it taken down off the web. I wish I could find it again now.
When asked how he would like to be remembered, Muhammad Ali said this:
“I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times.
Who was humorous and who treated everyone right.
As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him.
And who helped as many people as he could.
As a man who stood up for his beliefs no matter what.
As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love.
And if all that’s too much then I guess I’d settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people.
And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.”