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David Bowie DB DOES DB WITH CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR! “For ever and ever...” You’ve most likely seen this already, but it bears repeating for those of you that may have missed it. CHOIR CHOIR CHOIR teamed up with David Byrne and a large group of enthusiastic singers for an emotionally charged rendition of "Heroes" in NYC last month. The event took place in the Ford Foundation lobby of the Public Theater during the Under the Radar Festival on January 13th, and this is how David Byrne announced his involvement earlier in the day... + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + How Do They Do It? I've sat mesmerized watching online videos of the Canadian group Choir! Choir! Choir! They somehow manage to get hundreds of strangers to sing beautifully together—in tune and full-voiced—with rich harmonies and detailed arrangements. With almost no rehearsal—how do they do it?? Well, opportunity knocks! I’m going to find out their secret tonight, as I’m singing a song with them (not one of my own) in the lobby of the Public Theater in New York along with, yes, hundreds of (mostly) strangers. David Byrne, NYC + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + On his online journal, Byrne also had this to say regarding the song selection... + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Why that song? Well, it has to be something familiar—participants get lyric sheets but aren’t expected to be able to read music. It can’t be too difficult. My own thought on “Heroes”, the song we jointly agreed to do, is that given the structure of the song, it would probably build nicely—we’d possibly get a big triumphant climax, (ahem) which we did. I also had a hunch there MIGHT be a tiny subtext in doing that song, given the present state of the world and nation. An unspoken subtext, but one felt nonetheless—I believe that happened too. People confirmed it to me afterwards. I felt it. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + It was a particularly moving performance which you can view for yourself here: http://smarturl.it/CCCandDBdoDB Of course, this isn't the first time that Choir! Choir! Choir! Have tackled the music of David Bowie. Follow this link to hear their versions of Space Odditty, Rebel Rebel and The Man Who Sold The World: http://smarturl.it/CCCdoDBonYT Finally, read more of Mr Byrne’s thoughts regarding the performance via aforementioned journal: http://smarturl.it/DByrneJournalCCC FOOTNOTE: The two DBs are pictured here backstage at the 2003 MSG Bowie A Reality Tour show in New York. #WeCanBeHeroes #BowieForever Kommentoi
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David Bowie BOWIE SONGS USED FOR HISTORIC SPACE FLIGHT “There’s a Starman waiting in the sky...” History was made today (Tuesday Feb 6) with the very emotional launch of Elon Musk’s midnight cherry Tesla Roadster car into space, with David Bowie’s Life on Mars? as the soundtrack, and a character called Starman in the driving seat. Mr Musk’s SpaceX used a super rocket – the Falcon Heavy vehicle – to send the car into orbit around Mars, deploying technology with twice the launch power of any existing rocket, and double that of the Saturn V, used for the Apollo lunar missions. Before the launch, Mr Musk explained that the Roadster “will be in deep space for a billion years or so, if it doesn't blow up on ascent”. He needn’t have worried, the rocket successfully took off at 3.45pm local time with an estimated half a million people gathered in Florida to watch. At the convertible’s wheel is SpaceX’s ‘Starman’, a dummy in a white-and-black-trimmed spacesuit, and on the soundtrack is another nod to Bowie: his 1969, pre-Apollo 11 song, Space Oddity, on repeat for eternity. Imagine that, Bowie still playing somewhere in space as Earth is eventually swallowed by our sun. Sorry for the spoiler if you didn’t know about that. Earlier in the week, in an animated YouTube video to promote the launch, Life On Mars? played as the Falcon Heavy was shown in its various flight stages. Watch the video here: http://smarturl.it/FalconHeavyAnimYT #FalconHeavy #SpaceX #StarmanBowie #HalloSpaceboy Kommentoi
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David Bowie PHILIP GLASS LODGER TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE TUESDAY “...popular musics and aftershocks...” As regular readers of this page will know, Philip Glass has been promising the third and final symphony of his Bowie/Eno trilogy for many years. Now his 12th symphony, based on Bowie’s Lodger album, will have its European premiere at the Southbank Centre next year following the world premiere in Los Angeles. Lodger will be performed alongside his First (Low) and Fourth ("Heroes") symphonies by new music ensemble the London Contemporary Orchestra with innovative organist James McVinnie. Hugh Brunt and Robert Ames will be conducting. Based on Bowie’s 1979 album of the same name, Lodger completes Glass’s reimagining of Bowie’s Berlin trilogy, following 1992’s Low symphony and 1996’s "Heroes" symphony. The composer had discussed the piece with Bowie, but only now has it been realised. In a recent statement, Glass said: “For the past two decades, I had hoped to find an opportunity to complete the trilogy of symphonies. I’m now delighted to have that chance to compose the Lodger symphony, and equally delighted that it will be heard in London at Southbank Centre.” The work has been co-commissioned by Southbank Centre, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets are already on sale to members with the general sale commencing on Tuesday February 6th. Go here for more information and ticket links: http://smarturl.it/GlassBerlinTrilogy “My approach was to treat the themes very much as if they were my own and allow their transformations to follow my own compositional bent when possible. In practice, however, Bowie and Eno’s music certainly influenced how I worked, leading me to sometimes surprising musical conclusions.” - Philip Glass #BowieEnoGlass #BerlinTrilogy Kommentoi
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David Bowie DUNCAN RECOMMENDS BOOK #2 “I’m lookin’ thru African eyes...” Following last month’s recommendation, Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor, Duncan Jones has posted his second selection for the Bowie Book Club on Twitter. (http://smarturl.it/TwitterBBCbook2) It’s James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time. Here’s a couple of posts from Duncan on Twitter. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Duncan Jones @ManMadeMoon Jan 28 Book 2 I’m going to be reading from dad’s favs, will be James Baldwin’s THE FIRE NEXT TIME. Hopefully not as hard to get hold of this book as the last, and possibly a quicker read. Reading deadline? March 1st! Duncan Jones @ManMadeMoon Jan 28 Can’t wait. 1st book of this reading marathon was lite on quotables, heavy on brain strain! + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Here’s the synopsis of a work as poignant now as it was when first published 55 years ago. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The landmark work on race in America from James Baldwin, whose life and words are immortalized in the Oscar-nominated film I Am Not Your Negro ‘We, the black and the white, deeply need each other here if we are really to become a nation’ James Baldwin’s impassioned plea to ‘end the racial nightmare’ in America was a bestseller when it appeared in 1963, galvanising a nation and giving voice to the emerging civil rights movement. Told in the form of two intensely personal ‘letters’, The Fire Next Time is at once a powerful evocation of Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and an excoriating condemnation of the terrible legacy of racial injustice. ‘Sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle ... all presented in searing, brilliant prose’ - The New York Times Book Review ‘Baldwin writes with great passion ... it reeks of truth, as the ghettoes of New York and London, Chicago and Manchester reek of our hypocrisy’ - Sunday Times ‘The great poet-prophet of the civil rights movement ... his seminal work’ - Guardian + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The Fire Next Time is in DAVID BOWIE'S TOP 100 BOOKS list: (http://smarturl.it/BowieBooksFull100) If you don’t do Twitter (where you can respond to Duncan directly), feel free to leave your thoughts about Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor in the comments section. FOOTNOTE: Apologies to the American Library Association for the appropriation of the Bowie READ campaign poster from 1987. #BowieBookClub #BlackHistoryMonth #ReadingIsBrainFood Kommentoi

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