In the same way as I had not planned a Bowie post but felt compelled to do one, I had no intention of doing another one, at least not for a while. Then yesterday I heard “Heroes” by Peter Gabriel and thought I’d find one other version. But there weren’t any I was crazy about. Fortunately. Because I found a couple of goodies on Space Oddity:
According to the brief write-up on YouTube, this is “the Originale (sic) music video for the David Bowie song Space Oddity from Bowie’s promotional film, ‘Love You Till Tuesday’, originally released in 1969 and re-released on dvd.” But what’s cool is it’s a different recording than we’re used to. And great, cheesy special effects!
You may recall that in 2013, Commander Chris Hadfield recorded a version from the International Space Station, minus the “lost in space” ending. If you’re thinking, gee, not a bad voice for an astronaut, turns out he has sung before, even having collaborated with fellow Canadians Barnaked Ladies. And his brother Dave is a singer/songwriter. I think this is super-cool:
Per Wikipedia: Thomas Zwijsenis is a Dutch/Belgian classical acoustic and Heavy Metal guitarist. He is known for his arrangements of Iron Maiden (and a selection of other artists’) songs for classical guitar.
His playing here brings out the inherent beauty of the song: