My first encounter with David Bowie was ... terrible. I'd like to address that it was, however, not his fault, but my brother's. He rented Labyrinth and we started to watch it but I was too little and I completely freaked out because of the little goblins and monsters who came to steal the baby in the beginning of the movie (oh yeah, spoilers). It took me several years to gain the courage to rewatch the movie and up to today I still haven't actually seen it from beginning to end. I have, however, fallen in love with the songs in the movie. It wasn't until high school that I actually got around to listen to other songs from Bowie, but until then it was the sweet voice of the Goblin King that helped me fall asleep with "As The World Falls Down" for more than 10 years now.
To me, he'll always be the Goblin King, for some he is Ziggy Stardust, and for others he is simply Bowie. What changed him for me, the person who made him a singer again was my biology teacher in high school. He loved Bowie and he - being an singer himself - often shared and sang songs of his. That's how I got to know him. From that point on I listened to all sorts of songs from him, but among my favorites there will always be "New Killer Star", which my teacher showed me on our way to Prague for a class trip. And then "Absolute Beginners", which my teacher sang to us when we were graduating.
I will miss him, but otherwise I know that I can at any time pop in one of his albums and he'll be here with me. And I think that's the best thing about songs and movies: once they are out there I can get them back any time I want and they will never leave me. And we should be indeed thankful that we shared the Earth with him, because he was truly magnificent.