Music fans awoke to sad news Monday -- pop-rock icon David Bowie has died.
The singer, who recently released his 25th album, Blackstar, passed away after 18-month battle with cancer. Celebrities worldwide took to social media to share their memories and condolences. Here are the best from around the web.
Sean Kirkpatrick of Dallas band Nervous Curtains posted this ode on Facebook:
"After much awkwardness in not being able to answer the question when 'civilians' ask me what type of music I play, I began answering with, 'It sounds like David Bowie.' That's not to say I think anything I make is near his quality. It's not. But there's a certain joke in there about how that can mean so many things to so many different people. It can mean rock, pop, electronic music, psych, heavy music, glam, dramatic ballads. Plus I just see him as the central figure in all the music I love. He worked with, influenced, or was influenced by most of my favorite music. So in some way, he is connected to basically everything that influences me to create music. I'm stunned, but I'm not really sad. He died with dignity and kept his illness private. He put out an amazing album 2 days before his death and left an incredible body of work."
Andrew Rothlisberger of Denton band Birds of Night posted this note on Facebook:
"I cried a litte last night. Bowie meant a lot to me. I'm not special in this, but I'd like to post my thoughts on the man...To say he merely challenged the way we thought about rock and roll, music, and art would be too little. He paved roads for us, he built bridges for us, he taught us how to make fire. New forms, new ideas, new characters...I've listened to his arrangements, his chord changes, his key changes, his lyrics, his passion over and over and over again. Each and every time I listen, I think "How the fuck did he come up with this??!" Listen to Rock and Roll Suicide, try not to cry, and then try to learn it. You'll see what I mean. ... When I think about myself as artist, I've always used him as my gold standard. I know I will never come close to his talent, his magic. Humility was what made him great, and so i've got to meditate on this a while. I'll never make the strides he made, but I'll claw and scratch for every inch I can. I think this interview encapsulates him as human, which is why I love it. David Bowie wasn't the fucking goblin king or ziggy stardust. He was much much more than that. He was an amazing human being who created music and art that kicked us in the gut and moved us forward. He was fearless. We lost more than a legend today."