It is indeed a sad day in music!
You are absolutely correct kerry56
What can I say, not too often I find myself in a sad mood if I can at all help it myself. I try to light my own path and shine a positive light for those around me wherever I am, but this news brought me to my knees in disbelief, shock and sadness.
I have listened to David Bowie since the early seventies, and while I could disagree with his direction at the time, like when 'Let's Dance' came out. In retro perspective, I have had to 'eat my hat' every time and recognize what genius he was in his musical manoeuvres, being both original and manage to create space for himself in the music landscape of the day.
To do that once or twice makes no genius, but when you manage to do it over and over again for more than four decades, even alter the direction of the musical landscape of the day, and then inspire other artists to change. Then there is no way around the title as you have earned it through your hard work.
His understanding of music, performing in all musical styles from 70s Glam, Punk, Psychedelia, Pop, Rock via Art-Rock to even Jazz and Classical is nothing short of breathtaking.
It does not even stop there when it comes to David Bowie, the artist. A multi instrumentalist sure, but also a vocalist blessed with a special way of pitching his vocal and thus be his own vocal effect and being able to sing well in both in the low and high registers, applying vibrato and other techniques to bring that special feel to a song.
It all goes to present an artist of extraordinary technical skills and if we add to that an understanding of the art aspect of a performance few have managed to equal through the years, the genius title should come as no surprise even to those not specially fond of the artist.
What loss this is for the whole music world, we have lost one of the greatest artists in the entire history of music!