12 Times That David Bowie Touched Our Lives — And Changed Music Forever

David Bowie, after battling cancer for 18 months, has passed away.

According to a statement posted on his social media accounts, he “died peacefully, surrounded by his family.” Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, was released only days ago on January 8th, his 69th birthday.

He was an incredible artist who challenged society’s notions of rock with his glam rock, punk, and electronica hits.

During his 40-year career, he pushed boundaries, changed lives, and served as an inspiration for countless people both young and old.

These are just a few of the songs and moments in which he seemed to change everything — and they’re ones we will always remember.

1. Space Oddity

2. Changes

3. Heroes

4. Ziggy Stardust

5. Dance Magic (as the Goblin King from Labyrinth)

6. Ashes to Ashes

7. Dancing In The Street

8. Modern Love

9. The Man Who Sold The World

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10. Rebel, Rebel

11. Golden Years

12. Blackstar (the titular song from his most recent and final album)

Illustrator Helen Green drew a picture of David Bowie every year on his birthday…resulting in this simply spectacular animated .gif that she posted to her tumblr.

If you’d like to order prints of these incredible illustrations, please visit Helen Green’s website.

“I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” -David Bowie (1947-2016)

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How The Worst News Imaginable Made This Girl Do The Unthinkable. The End Totally Shocked Me.

There’s an 18 year-old girl from Kansas who is fighting a battle that most of us wouldn’t be able to handle. She has stage 4 Glioblastoma, a brain tumor. But instead of locking herself away and being depressed, Alisa is truly living. Not only that, but she is inspiring people worldwide to help her achieve her dreams.

Alisa is a senior at the smalltown Kansas school, Colby High.

She has been battling stage 4 brain cancer since July 2012. In 2014, she was placed in hospice care after a deadly prognosis.

There, she made a 48-item bucket list … and started something amazing. She gained a following on Facebook…

1. Kiss Channing Tatum. 2. Indoor sky diving. 3. Throw a big party. 4. Go on a disney cruise. 5. Swim with dolphins. 6. Go to Europe. 7. Go to Vegas. 8. Go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. 9. Hot air balloon ride. 10. Learn to shoot a gun. 11. Ride a mechanical bull. 12. Ride an elephant. 13. Try every cheesecake at the cheesecake factory. 14. Go on a taxi ride and say “follow that car.” 15. Release a bunch of lanterns into the sky. 16. Get chocolate wasted. 17. Give people a reason to remember me. 18. Say yes to everything for a whole day. 19. Pie war. 20. Drive all day blasting music. 21. Travel to every state. 22. Go to New York and go sight seeing. 23. Go to Alaska. 24. Kiss under the Eiffel Tower. 25. Walk on the Great Wall of China. 26. Live a happy life. 27. No Facebook for 2 weeks. 28. Pay in pennies. 29. Go zip lining. 30. Go to Times Square for New Year’s. 31. Water sliding from dusk ‘til dawn. 32. Bake a rainbow cake. 33. Hold a baby lion. 34. Drink from a coconut. 35. Go through a drive thru on a horse. 36. Bake in the middle of the night with someone you love. 37. Go to the drive-in movies. 38. Have a glow stick fight. 39. Have a guy sing to me. 40. Propose to a stranger. 41. Tie messages in balloons and release them. 42. Kiss underwater. 43. Ride a dolphin. 44. Play messy Twister. 45. Have a paint fight. 46. Jump in a pool fully clothed. 47. Make an adventure book. 48. Go mudding.

And soon, people from all over the world were sending pictures of their love and support.

First it was just the Colby community, but now people everywhere are sending in their messages.

They just want to show Alisa how they are thinking of her and wish her well.

People in Colby are rallying to help Alisa complete her bucket list. Even companies, like this Starbucks, are trying to help her out.

Alisa has started checking things off of her list already! Here she is having a pie war outside of her school.

Then, she went on a shopping spree and paid for everything in pennies.

Next, she tried every kind of cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory.

At school, she was serenaded by a man… whom she proposed to right after (even though the proposal was just for fun)!

Next, she took a hiatus from Facebook, to focus on the important things in life.

On March 10th, Alisa received good news from doctors…

And now she is on her way to Paris!

“Alisa knows in life there is no guarantees for tomorrow for anyone, and that she only needs to live for today.” -Alisa’s mother

Her family and friends know that Alisa possesses incredible strength. Her attitude throughout all of her struggles has been amazing. “When Alisa was told by the doctors [that] there was no more they could do, she had a tear in her eye when she looked at her mom and said “Nope, I’m not going to do this.” She smiled at the [doctors], told them “Thank you,” and was ready to go home. There is a hope in her that if her dad and sister can keep surviving their cancer just maybe today can be her good day! My daughter Alisa has a sparkle in her eyes and strength beyond anyone I know. She has a biological father with heart problems that she witnessed him flat line for several minutes; a father who raised her that was told he had a terminal brain tumor; and a sister at age 22 who fought ovarian cancer twice. They are keeping an eye on her youngest brother for suspicious spots on his thyroid glands and lymph nodes. She has triumphed through so much and still remains positive through all she is going through.” And even though she didn’t get to kiss Channing Tatum (yet), he DID send her this video from the Oscars:



We hope and pray that Alisa continues working her way back to health! If you’d like to show her encouragement yourself, visit the Alisa’s Butterflies Facebook page. Her story is truly amazing, please share it with others and keep praying for her! Source: Alisa’s Butterflies

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This Linebacker Was Brought To Tears By A Surprise…From The Opponents.

Football fanatics aren’t known for being overly friendly to the opposing sides. Players and supporters are known to be aggressively competitive, sometimes even violently so. But when the Cincinnati Bengals played the New England Patriots recently, aggression was the farthest thing from everyone’s mind.

During the third quarter, Bengal’s lineman Devon Still was given a heartwarming surprise…from the other team.

Still’s daughter, Leah, was fighting neuroblastoma cancer since being diagnosed this summer. She is only 4 years old.

While a music video played in support of children like Leah, the Patriots’ cheerleaders decided to switch from their usual outfit…

Into Bengal jerseys with Still’s number. The team also made an $25,000 donation to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Leah’s name.

The linebacker, who was wearing his own support for his daughter, was understandably moved to tears.

(via 22 Words.)

Leah is currently recovering from tumor removal surgery. While she works on regaining strength, she received more gifts from the New York Jets and a family from Texas in an amazing outpouring of support for the brave little girl. For more information on how you can help lend support to children suffering similar situations, check out St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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