By Hans Ebert & Jenny Bridle
The news on Monday that David Bowie had passed away had the twitterverse explode. After all, this was Bowie, the most innovative musician ever, who refused to stand still. Describing the artist as “iconic” wouldn’t do him justice. Perhaps, there are no words to describe someone who went from being David Jones to David Bowie to Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to The Thin White Duke to simply being Bowie to his fans, and David Jones to his family.
But Bowie was never simple. He was a musical and visual chameleon who took many of us on very different journeys along with everyone from Major Tom and that China Girl to the Jean Genie and Ziggy Stardust to places like Suffragette City and Life On Mars, and finally singing the prophetic, “Look up here, I’m in heaven”, the opening lines to “Lazarus”, a track off “Blackstar”, his record released shortly before he left this world for another.
What was both interesting and refreshing to see were racing fans, especially, on Twitter, leave the horses in the stable for a while, along with the now finely-crafted act of tweeting through one’s pockets, and pay tribute to this special Man Who Fell To Earth. At least for a short while, it showed that racing fans don’t lead one dimensional lives. They have other interests beyond handicapping, track conditions, breeding and form.