Unless you are currently residing in a bubble, you will be well aware that the incomparable David Bowie died today after a prolonged illness.
Today the news, radio, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and no doubt every home and office have been filled with tributes to this great man and the work that he has created over his career.
Now, your particular memories of Bowie will probably depend on your age and upbringing but if, like me, you’re a child of the 80’s who is also a bit of a geek/fantasy lover the name David Bowie will also lead you to one thing – Labyrinth.
I am always gobsmacked when I meet someone who has never seen the Jim Henson cult-classic, which stars David Bowie as the loveable rouge(!), Jareth, the Goblin King.
I first watched it as a child, when it was an almost mythical film that only ever seemed to appear on telly at Christmas. Sometimes I wasn’t sure if I’d imagined it or not, until the next year came around.
As a got older, I started to believe that I might be the only person in the world who had seen the film – no-one I spoke to had ever watched it. Clearly I was speaking to the wrong people as I have now found a whole group of people who are fans.
When I first met my husband, I was delighted to discover that he was also a huge fan of Labyrinth (and indeed Bowie himself) and we wasted no time in sharing our love of the film with our two children. Moogle, the eldest, knows many of the lines off by heart and the youngest even likes to pretend to run away with the cleaners.
It’s strange to think that something that was probably such a small part of his career, has been such a phenomenal part of my life.
Although Bowie is no longer with us, I am sure he will live on forever through his music and other works, I just think it’s a real shame that he wasn’t around today to hear all the wonderful tributes and see how much people truly loved his music. Maybe it would be nice if we showed our appreciation a bit more for people when they’re actually around to enjoy it.
I wonder how many people are watching Labyrinth tonight? So let’s end on a high note shall we? Anybody for some Magic Dance?