David Bowie won 4 Grammy’s for his amazing BLACKSTAR song and album at the awards in 2017. David was unable to attend the awards but had recently sang “Look up here, I’m in Heaven” …I believe him.
Best Alternative Music Album
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Performance
Best Engineered Non-Classical
Since iconoscopic had a nice write-up on David Bowie recently (in regards to cover versions of his classic songs “Life On Mars?” by AURORA and “The Bewlay Brothers” by the unusual band Replicants), I thought we’d revisit that for our entry today…
When asked about the Top 10 Albums of 2016 AURORA included Blackstar by David Bowie as one of the three that she’d had time to listen to recently:
“David Bowie released Blackstar, which I absolutely love. It’s very dark, and strikes me with sadness in many ways. He told us all about his condition without us even knowing it. He’s been exploring, and you can hear that.” – Aurora Aksnes (undertheradarmag)
David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s (Wikipedia).
I most like the song “Heroes” and “Life on Mars?” and … maybe 5 others, but my fave Bowie era is the Eno era, and this song/video, Ashes to Ashes… its weird, surreal, topical, strange, and.. did I say weird?
AURORA (Aurora Aksnes) of Norway brilliantly covered Life On Mars… live version of this song, especially THIS PERFORMANCE at NRK (click photo):
This performance is striking, but also, in general, whenever AURORA does sing the song in concert, she transforms it completely. It becomes something of a universal statement, rather than a song about a girl who’s fascinated by media and succumbs to envy (kind of how Bowie described it – I’m paraphrasing). In AURORA’s hands (whether intentionally or not) the content via the performance of the song elevates it to greater depth (of course, Bowie knew this about his song also, but as artists are wont to do, they leave interpretations up to the listener or only give the surface meanings in interviews).
In this case, I like AURORA’s version better, but Bowie’s version is amazing in a completely different way (solidified in its premier position by the iconic Bowie fashion & theatrics.) … “typical Bowie” as it should be, and at it’s most appreciated (the 70’s Bowie).
“Hunky Dory” also contained the rather well known song “Changes” and another lesser known but amazingly odd and fascinating song called “The Bewlay Brothers” youtu.be/aDRi30GNFMc
“Reflecting on (The Bewlay Brothers) in 2008, Bowie wrote, “I wouldn’t know how to interpret the lyric of this song other than suggesting that there are layers of ghosts within it. It’s a palimpsest, then.” (Wikipedia)
“…kings of oblivion…”
Once again, of this song, there is a cover version recording that I actually prefer to David’s original ‘71 version (it’s awesome):
The Bewlay Brothers by Replicants
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