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Modern Loves: Selecting a favorite David Bowie song is often a personal matter

 
 
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In all the tributes to the late David Bowie, who died Sunday at the age of 69 after an unpublicized battle with cancer, there have been an unparalleled appreciation for the legendary musician’s songwriting. Though Bowie made an indelible mark on pop culture, on fashion, and even in film, it’s the breadth and depth of his music catalog that stands most impressive on an unmatched resume. One of the unique things about Bowie’s work was the variety of his catalog, a collection that spanned five decades and flirted with limitless bounds and restrictions, a chameleon-like quality that evolved and morphed while rarely losing its precision. If you took 50 people and asked them all for their favorite David Bowie song, you might get 50 different responses. So that’s what we did: We asked Vanyaland’s contributing writers about their own personal favorite Bowie composition, and why that track meant so much. Because Bowie’s music was deeply personal, and many of the tributes and honors given to the icon this week have been reflective of one’s own self, their upbringing, and who they became as people. We may not all be David Bowie — none of us are — but parts of him are part of who we all are.

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