I’m a product of the 80s and proud of it. It was a time when Saturday morning cartoons were worth waking up for and everyone considered Jim Henson an absolute genius (I still do). While Sesame Street and the Muppets will always be staples for any child, I still enjoy watching his lesser known creations like Emmit Otter’s Jugband Christmas and Labyrinth. As a right of passage, my peanut has been forced to watch both on numerous occasions and could even sing “You Remind Me of the Babe” at 2 1/2.
Labyrinth in particular has always held a special place in my heart. It’s one of those movies that you watch with your siblings when you’re young and can quote word for word as adults. No matter what situation life puts you in, a random movie quote that can bring you together and make you nostalgic for the carefree days of your younger years has infinite power.
My sister and I would watch our VHS endlessly. My brother, not so much, but we had already ruined The Princess Bride for him by then, so we were still doing our civic duty. It was one of those random underground movies that wasn’t really mainstream so not many of our friends had seen it at the time. To this day I can probably find more people that haven’t seen it than those who have. It was one of our special bonds.
Then life happened. We got older, we lived in different states, we drifted apart. I moved 350+ miles to be closer, but a lot of damage had already been done to our relationship. Then, in November of 2012, she became a mom and made me an aunt. Her weekly visits to my mom’s house brought us closer again. We still weren’t at the point where we once were – maybe we’ll never be – but we were closer. And sitting down our daughters to watch Labyrinth helped put a band-aid over the wounds that had been straining our relationship for years. Last year, I found a Labyrinth bracelet on Etsy that was absolutely beautiful and I knew at once I needed to buy it for her. I surprised her with it for Christmas. A few months ago, I found out that David Bowie was releasing an album and I patiently waited to see if he would finally go on tour so that I could take her. I had hopes he would sing at least one of his Labyrinth songs and we would once again share that wonderful bond from when we were little.
Then, I woke up this morning and heard the news. My first reaction was that it was another cruel internet joke. So many celebrities have had fake deaths or their deaths have become big news years after the fact because of random articles. This had to be another one of those, right???? Sadly, that’s not the case.
So, goodbye to Ziggy Stardust. Goodbye, Thin White Duke. Goodbye to the man who could seamlessly duet with Bing Crosby or Freddie Mercury. Goodbye, Jareth. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful memory with my sister. Thank you for giving me something that time cannot ever take away. Thank you for your talent and your inspiration. Rest in peace, Goblin King. You move the stars for no one, but now you’ve become one of the brightest in the sky.