I am sure I had heard things like Space Oddity and other hits of Bowie's on the radio, but the first time I was really cognizant of him was when I was 12 or 13, likely within the first month that MTV was a thing. I was sitting in the living room with my older sister. We were doing homework with MTV on the TV in the background. The song/video to "Ashes To Ashes" came on and I was simply transfixed. I couldn't take my eyes or ears off it. My sister hated it, and hated that I loved it. She said it was "junk music." Fine, go back to listening to your Kenny Loggins and Foreigner albums. I was off to something new from that point on. Above all else, David Bowie taught this misfit/outcast that being different from the herd was a badge of honor and not a shameful thing. To this day "Scary Monsters" remains one of my favorite albums ever. It is in my Top Three greatest Bowie albums along with Hunky Dory and Low. Bowie released a lot of material that I'm not crazy about, but he has such amazing songs peppered throughout his discography. As much of a music obsessive as I am, I cannot imagine the musical landscape or my own life's soundtrack without his creative heart. I still can't believe he's gone.