In case when <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">reading this</a>, you conclude that I am one of those dudes that just hates covers and people messing with 'the original', thought I would share this you all. Well worth a listen.

Amanda’s interpretations delivered here, because I read about it on Maria Popover’s Brain Pickings. Click through for a great interview with Amanda. And Maria’s own article separates out all of the tribute tracks.



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            <blockquote>“It’s not a very good song, is it?”</blockquote>

David Bowie to Chris Martin
… on being asked if he would like to collaborate.

To me Coldplay is singularly the most over rated talentless act that I can think of. I know that flys in the face of their millions of fans, but popularity alone was never a measure of greatness was it ? Quite apart that Bowie just didn’t do anything – we knew that, but that he also said ‘no’ to what would likely have been a big selling single is yet another testament to his greatness.

[ Source : The Guardian ]


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            <blockquote>Oh to be young, incredibly talented, coked out of your mind, so thin that a poodle could knock you over, and brilliantly working with Luther Vandross and all these wonderful black musicians in Philadelphia to come up with this.

Bowie in his first American TV appearance on Dick Cavett covering The Flares R& B hit Footstompiin’. But notice how he’s using the guitar riff from “Fame” in the arrangement, kind of merging the two pieces. What he liked to call “Plastic Soul”.

Total Soul Train!
… not my words, rather those of good friend and music afficionado David Fenton.


Foot Stompin – this performance from Dick Cavette’s show in 1974


Fame – this performance from Soul Train, 1975

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            <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Andy Ihnatko's</a> tribute to Bowie, featuring some great video pieces that I hadn't seen before - and reminding us ....

This isn’t for you…this is for me.


I saw him as an aspirational example. Predictability and repetition are career enhancers if you’re selling coffee or delivering packages. If you’re in a creative field, it’s death for your artistic self and it also means that you’re breaking a promise to your audience. Predictability and repetition are passion-killers. With every practically every new Bowie record, I could see the sweat on his brow as he tried to dance on uneven ground with unsure footing. And pulling it off brilliantly.

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            I don't know Stathis Gourgouris - but I know one of his very best friends - who sent this to me yesterday.

“Much will be written about this shocking event and much nostalgia to be expected. I suggest we listen very carefully to Blackstar, the last artwork to be created by this extraordinary man, which is the epitome of late-style performativity. It’s all there — all that he has done, and yet nothing like he has ever done before. The gesture of finishing a great artwork and then letting life finish right afterward is a magnificent lesson in coming to terms with finitude — of self, of time, of matter.”

Stathis Gourgouris

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            <img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-6206" src="" alt="Blackstar" width="150" height="150" /><strong>R I P David Bowie. </strong>

He probably knew that this was his last album. I wonder if he knew how soon after it’s release he would be gone ?

I just finished listening to it earlier this evening and as the final track – “I can’t give everything away” came to an end – I got a text from a friend in the UK asking if I knew? Knew what … and the rest? Well, you already know …

Billboard Review’s headline : David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ Is Filled With Songs About Death and Doom

I guess he knew a lot that we didn’t.

Wikipedia – as I type : (my emphasis)

Blackstar (stylised as ) is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by English musician David Bowie. It was released on 8 January 2016, the date of Bowie’s 69th birthday and two days before his death,[3][4][5] through Bowie’s ISO Records label.

This world moves fast.

‘Core’ Lyrics to “I Can’t Give Everything Away”

I know something is very wrong
The pulse returns for prodigal sons
The blackout’s hearts with flowered news
With skull designs upon my shoes

Seeing more and feeling less
Saying no but meaning yes
This is all I ever meant
That’s the message that I sent

I can’t give everything
I can’t give everything away
I can’t give everything away

Bottom line – big thumbs up – even before I new he had passed.

There’s going to be a lot written about him. That isn’t my job, except to report that I feel a little weird listening to the last song, on the last album, of one of my favorite artists, and a massive part of the ‘soundtrack of my life’ and, as track and album came to an end – I hear that so has he.

R I P David Bowie.

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