David Bowie’s “Lazarus” is our latest video of the week. Directed by music video veteran Johan Renck, “Lazarus” serves as a hauntingly beautiful goodbye from one of the most significant musical artists of our time, and showcases yet another musical and artistic reincarnation of the man himself.

The thing that has struck me, looking back on Bowie’s life and career, is how his art was always intentional, never reactionary. This is a man whose every action was pointed and calculated – from the intentionally misleading declaration of his homosexuality in a 1972 Melody Maker interview, to the wholly intentional and calculated creation of Ziggy Stardust and The Thin White Duke, among many other personae. And let’s not forget his brief to producer Nile Rodgers during the making of ‘Let’s Dance’…“Nile, I want you to do what you do best – make hits.” Bowie always made art with intention, a point that his latest work proves almost to a fault…few artists could ever hope to time their parting gift so well.

The life of an artist is a life full of torment and chaos, and while others may fight against it, Bowie instead embraced the chaos, channeling it into his art and his being. It wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that the eclecticism of his output is unmatched in popular culture. Indeed, few musical artists have veered so prolifically between different styles, mastering each one as they went along. The word ‘genius’ tends to be used a lot nowadays, but rarely is it applied so accurately. Rest in peace good sir, and thank you for the music. Dillon M. Banda