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Vatican honors singer David Bowie by tweeting lyrics to 'Space Oddity'

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By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
1/12/2016 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

'Space Oddity' was considered by many to be Bowie's masterpiece

An artist of multiple disciplines, singer David Bowie, who died at the age of 69 from cancer this week, was a mover and shaker in the worlds of music, art and fashion. The Vatican has honored his memory by tweeting the lyrics to "Space Oddity," believed by many to be his masterpiece.

Looking remarkably full of vigor, this photograph of singer David Bowie was taken a mere three days before his death at the age of 69 from cancer.

Looking remarkably full of vigor, this photograph of singer David Bowie was taken a mere three days before his death at the age of 69 from cancer.

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By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
1/12/2016 (3 years ago)

Published in Music

Keywords: David Bowie, vatican, tweet, editorial, British Prime Minister David Cameron


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Recorded in 1969, long before Bowie stumbled upon his signature persona, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, "Space Oddity" tells the story of astronaut Major Tom, and his growing alienation from life on Earth and life in general.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi tweeted lyrics from "Space Oddity" in tribute.

"Ground Control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown
Engines on
Check ignition
And may God's love be with you (David Bowie)" the Tweet read.


L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican also honored Bowie in an editorial entitled. "Bowie: Never Banal."

"One might even say that, beyond the apparent excesses, the legacy of David Bowie. is enclosed in its own sort of personal sobriety, expressed even in the lean physique, almost threadlike."


The editorial described his song, "Heroes," about benighted lovers meeting at the Berlin Wall as "a real gem."

His son Duncan Jones announced Bowie's death this past Sunday. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," it said.

"While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

British Prime Minister David Cameron also paid tribute to the pop star.

"I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss," he said.


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