What makes Choir! Choir! Choir! so special? Maybe because it’s not for the pros. Its for anyone and everyone. You just need to show up and sing from your heart. The result is breath-taking and it will cover you in frisson. That’s french for “aesthetic chills” and if music gives you the chills, you should click this link and read about that because it is pretty special.
So….David Byrne happens to be a huge fan of Choir! Choir! Choir! and Saturday night in New York…he showed up.
Watch Choir! Choir! Choir! with David Byrne singing “Heroes” at New York’s Public Theater.
And “Borderline” too. Don’t try to fight that smile. Resistance is futile.
Sorry not sorry but Aunt Phyllis is probably not going to get a card with a Bowie stamp. Nor will any credit card bill….maybe no one is worthy? Maybe you’ll have to keep them all to yourself? Then again, unless you’re sending something to the UK you won’t be able to use them so I guess you will have to keep them all to yourself…
(Seal is the guy next to Bowie although personally Bowie would be more intimidating)
Back in 1992, George Michael, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Robert Plant, Elton John, Axl Rose and a bunch of other artists did a tribute for Rock Zeus, Freddie Mercury. The video above is from a rehearsal for that tribute.
‘I never want to dance again’ for awhile either…but at least we can listen to George and remember the talent that was.
Lorde’s performance at The Brit Awards was classy, modest and a home run. A tough pill for those who collaborated on Lady Gaga’s Bowie tribute at The Grammys.
There was no question that Gaga put her heart and soul into it…she even instagrammed pre-show tears! Why did it feel gaudy and forced? Perhaps it’s because no one can try to be Bowie, I’m not sure you can even channel that guy.
No shame in not knowing about him but it’s better to be willing to learn about a musical genius than be the ignorant jerk with a “so what he was old” attitude…sadly I did see that comment on an article and that person is to be pitied.
The good news is, it is never too late to learn and you just might find a new hero!
So if you want to get schooled, might I recommend checking out:
David Bowie was an adventurer, and an iconoclast, and a leader. Bowie was never predictable, never boring, and always challenged expectations and conventional thinking. He was a star, a big star, but he wasn’t for everyone. Bowie continually embraced the weird, the strange, the kooks. We understand that energy, that sensibility to do things differently. For many of us at Slacker, Bowie was one of our biggest heroes.
David Bowie DNAtraces the tip of the complex iceberg that is the David Bowie story. Hosted by Jennifer White, we tell the story of Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, Major Tom, Thomas Jerome Newton et all. You will hear Bowie’s influences, contemporaries and followers like Little Richard, The Beatles, Al Green, The Velvet Underground, Kurt Cobain, and LCD Soundsystem. If you listen closely, we think you might just hear your personal story here too.
David Bowie Top 33 counts up Bowie’s greatest songs. These are the Bowie songs that you have listened to, shared, and “hearted” the most. From classics like Changes, Fame and Let’s Dance to some surprises from his many collaborations and era’s, these songs paint a picture of an eclectic and inspired career.
Finally, our Album Of The Week is Blackstar, which was just released on Friday January 8th, David Bowie’s 69th birthday. Bowie’s final album can be heard on many levels. Musically, it explores his love for texture, emotional singing, and the kind of inspired instrumentation that blends pop, jazz and funk into a otherworldly mix. Lyrically, it hauntingly speaks for itself, from the opening lines of Lazarus — “Look up here, I’m in heaven” to the final moments of I Cant Give Everything Away — “Seeing more and feeling less, saying no but meaning yes, that’s the message that I sent, I can’t give everything away.“
For now, we have to deal with Bowie’s passing. We turn and face the strange. Bowie was our star, and our stars do indeed look very different today. But if you listen to the music, you’ll see why David Bowie is still our hero.
1. “Dammit Why didn’t I see him live?”
2. “THERE ISN’T ANYONE LIKE HIM ANYMORE.”
3. “I gotta go to Brixton.”
4. “That baby in Labyrinth never knew how lucky he was just hanging out on Bowie’s lap.”
5. “Who looks that hot in a mugshot?? No one…the answer is no one.”
Struggling with the death of this artistic juggernaut the likes of which have never been seen?? I get it.
Here are some articles that may improve/enrich your cycle of grief**:
Step 6. Watch 1000s of people dancing in the streets of his hometown to celebrate his life. Think about that. Most of us would be thrilled to know our existence compelled one person to dance after we die…Bowie?? THOUSANDS.
**Disclaimer: There are a million fantastic articles/stories/experiences out there about him and I am well aware I didn’t even scratch the surface…these are simply some of the ones that made me smile and I’m hoping they do the same for you.