Thursday, January 14, 2016

*Special* Eulogy for David Bowie and Alan Rickman

Two of my favorite humans died this week. Both of them were the same age and died of the same cause. So far this is the saddest week in 2016. I wanted to write these eulogies for David Bowie and Alan Rickman, because their work has brought me such great joy during my life, and I felt it was important to express this. So here goes:

Eulogy for David Bowie

The first time I saw David Bowie, I was in elementary school; my sister and I had to stay after school for the latch-key program, and they played the movie The Labyrinth for us while we waited for our parents. I had been entirely enthralled by the movie, and especially by the goblin king Jareth. David Bowie's voice was incredibly enchanting, and worked very well for the character. Not only that, but (even as a child) I found him to be incredibly handsome. 

Later in life, when I began to get a more sophisticated taste in music, I, of course, found David Bowie's music. Every song is simply amazing. You could lay around for hours listening to it, and not get tired of it. Once, a friend and I went camping and laid in the tent listening to David Bowie. It is one of the happiest memories of my life. 

He was an amazing artist, actor, and person. My heart goes out to his family, as they deal with the loss of their loved one; but they are in no way alone. David Bowie was like family to many people around the world, and he will definitely be missed. Rest in peace Mr. Bowie.

Eulogy for Alan Rickman

Words cannot express how much I love Alan Rickman, but I will attempt to scratch the surface here. He was my favorite actor of all time, and will continue to be. He had the ability to portray a number of characters, in a wide range of characteristics and personalities. He was able to play very dramatic roles, as well as, comedic ones. And in every single instance, his performance made me love him more. 

Of course his portrayal of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter Films was one of the greatest roles he played in his lifetime. Before they made the movies I had always loved the character of Snape, but when Alan Rickman played him, Severus simply came to life, and became even more loveable. His depth of character was immensely felt, and it will forever be one of my favorite roles that Rickman played. (Close seconds include: Sir Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest, The Metatron in Dogma, and The Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood).

I had hoped to meet him one day, but now that will never be. It causes me immense sadness; a sadness which is felt throughout the world, by millions of fans. My heart is with his wife, friends, and family as they deal with the loss of this legendary actor, and wonderful, kind, beautiful human being. Rest In Peace Mr. Rickman. 

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