The David Bowie Is museum retrospective climaxes in a room in which concert performances of his are projected on as many as three walls at once (visitors wear special headphones and the music changes to fit the wall they are in viewing proximity to). One stretch features three different performances of this song, one for each wall: his 1985 Live Aid performance, his 2000 Glastonbury Festival performance, and his 2001 Concert for New York City performance. Seeing all the happy concertgoers at each venue, and knowing that two of these performances were part of charity benefits, stands as heartwarming proof of the song's endurance.
Bowie paid for the education of his godson Rolan Bolan — son of Marc — after Marc's death, a fact that wasn't known publicly for decades.
"Kooks" is a sweet, funny little ditty written by Bowie for his then-newborn son Duncan Jones. The lyrics really show how giddy and excited he was to be a father, and list all the ways in which he promises to be a good dad. It's hard not to be charmed.
Then we'll throw it on the fire and take the car downtown!"
DAVID'S GONNA BE A GRANDAD EVERYONE.
Taken straight into Tear Jerker territory with his death.
The ending to "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide". "Oh no, love, you're not alone!"
It has been well-documented that Bowie has been trying to write a dystopian stage musical since at least the '70s (Diamond Dogs came out of an attempt to write a musical based on 1984 that was aborted by Orwell's estate). In 2015, he finally got to see this dream realized with the opening of Lazarus, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews.
He managed to release one final album just prior to his death, leaving his fans with the message, "Donít believe for just one second Iím forgetting you."
Tony Visconti: His death was no different from his life - a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.
Yoko Ono revealed after his passing that in the 80's, after John Lennon died, Bowie would pick up Sean Lennon at his boarding school in Switzerland, take him around to museums, galleries, and to the recording studio, in essence being the Parental Substitute Sean needed.
His and Annie Lennox's performance of "Under Pressure" at the Freddie Mercury Memorial Concert, one of the few times he ever gave a live performance of the song. By the end, the two of them are embracing in their mourning of an immortal music legend.
These are probably the last known photos taken of Bowie, posted two days before his passing, when he certainly knew he had very little time left. The look on his face says everything you need to know.
There's something heartwarming about the fact that David knew he would be a grandpa before he died.
It's also quite lovely to hear that six months after he died, his grandson was born and Duncan gave him the middle name of David in honor of Granddad, and the first name Stenton after Duncan's own grandfather.
While "Five Years" is primarily a Tear Jerker thanks to it being about the narrator and the people around him having the impending end of the world sprung on them, the intimacy of the sentiments and observations in it also make it touching and sweet.