Remembering David Bowie with the XPN community, one Tweet at a time - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

A simple social media post in the middle of the night is how news broke about David Bowie‘s passing. It was a big shock and a powerful moment – at 69, he’d just released his 25th album, Blackstarits themes of mortality ringing all the more poignantly today. And the impact of Bowie’s death stretched far beyond the realm of music and rock and roll, evidenced by that opening sentence I just wrote. I didn’t need to write “musician David Bowie” or “singer David Bowie” or “rock icon David Bowie” – any of those generalizations would feel woefully incomplete and quite honestly unnecessary.

Bowie was so many things to so many people: a singer and songwriter, musical innovator, style icon, a forward-thinking artist who pushed creative boundaries, a fearless and inspirational public figure who refused to be bound by conventional ideas of persona and gender and age. He was who was he simply because, and he made millions of fans around the world comfortable being themselves. And that’s just scratching the surface.

All day long, talk and remembrances of Bowie have dominated our collective Twitter and Facebook feeds; here are some from the WXPN community, beginning with our staff.

As Bowie’s music was spun on air today, hundreds of fans tweeted in with their thoughts and memories.

And of course, David Bowie’s influence on the musician community is impossible to overstate. Here are what some of our favorite musicians are saying:

Going back to the fans for a parting thought, Nicole Elyce from Central Pennsylvania summed it up wonderfully:

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