Kate Bush Pays Tribute to David Bowie: "Charismatic, Cool, Sexy and Truly Inspirational"

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It's been a more than week since David Bowie, pop's most compelling and visionary shapeshifter, died at the age of 69, and the music world is still in mourning. The signs are everywhere. He's on the charts, earning his first U.S. No. 1 album in Blackstar, and the most celebrated music publications continue to share reflections about the Starman's creative prowess. 

Kate Bush is one of the latest artists to offer parting tribute to the star. In a statement published by the Guardian Sunday, the singer-songwriter described Bowie as an artist who "had everything." 

"He was intelligent, imaginative, brave, charismatic, cool, sexy and truly inspirational both visually and musically," Bush wrote. "He created such staggeringly brilliant work, yes, but so much of it, and it was so good. There are great people who make great work, but who else has left a mark like his? No one like him."

The eclectic English songwriter, author of hits such as "Wuthering Heights" and "The Man With the Child in His Eyes," wrote that she's still having difficultly coming to terms with the star's death. She thought that somehow, through the nearly constant deaths and rebirths he had pantomimed over the course of his career, he had transcended that inevitability.

"I'm struck by how the whole country has been flung into mourning and shock," she wrote, according to the Guardian. "Shock, because someone who had already transcended into immortality could actually die. He was ours. Wonderfully eccentric in a way that only an Englishman could be. Whatever journey his beautiful soul is now on, I hope he can somehow feel how much we all miss him."

The tributes have been making a lot of noise, pouring in from just about every direction. On Saturday Arcade Fire led a parade through New Orleans, encouraging fans to come dressed in their "best Bowie outfit or something more strange," according to the Facebook event. The group was accompanied by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which performed covers of Bowie's hits.

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Also that day, in its first broadcast since Bowie's death, Saturday Night Live aired a Bowie tribute, playing a clip from a 1979 performance of "The Man Who Sold the World" on the show.

According to the tabloid the Daily Star, the Mirror reported, sources close to Kanye West said he's planning a tribute album to Bowie. Yeezy detractors were quick to petition against it, in spite of the possibly coincidental evidence that Bowie chose West as rock 'n' roll's next savior.

It's only right that the tributes to Bowie are as unexpected, heartfelt and divisive as his music was in life.

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Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes is a senior staff writer at Mic focused on music, activism and the intersection between the two. He's based in New York and can be reached at tom@mic.com.

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