We recently visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. I didn’t really expect much. I expected it to be impactful, but simple.
I was wrong. Way, way, wrong. It goes on and on and on. Entire fire trucks and ambulances and twisted metal and tributes to every single victim. It is quite frankly, overwhelming. Everyone needs to visit this at least once in their life. Everyone. It will make you uncomfortable. And you should be. This is barbarism. This is what happens when people can only think one way.
I watched the second plane hit the second Tower. I watched the buildings collapse. I experienced the total helplessness of watching thousands of people die. Children, women, innocent people just living their lives killed in business buildings for no other reason than they were not the right kind of Muslim to suit their attackers.
Before the toxic dust had even settled, a group of musicians started putting together a show to give tribute to the city, and especially its heroes, that had given them so much. One of which was my personal idol, David Bowie. Now at this time he wasn’t really doing stuff I cared a whole lot for. He was however, David Bowie, so doing different things I expected. I was just sitting out this period for the most part. I was going to watch the show. But to say my expectations were subtle is an overstatement.
In the most usual way, he proved me way, way, way, wrong. To this day, this is still either my favorite, or second favorite Bowie performance. For whatever reason it keeps getting banned on Youtube. I think it’s actually owned by the 9/11 Foundation at this point. But, I’ve always felt pushing something to obscurity does nothing to enhance it’s value. So, here it is from Dailymotion. For whatever reason they seem to have no problem with it. If you want to contribute to the Memorial, purchase the video or donate directly.
Just for chucks and giggles, I’ve put together a playlist of some of my favorite science fiction songs that I’ve redone. As usual, there’s no vocals. You have to sing them yourself. See how many you can actually remember ( or ever even knew ) the words to:
Ziggy Stardust – Alien “Invasion”
The Man Who Sold the World – Afterlife
Starman – Aliens
Space Oddity – Space Travel
Science Fiction, Double Feature – A song about sci-fi. Duh.
Saviour Machine – Artificial Intelligence
Rocket Man – Space Travel
Oh! You Pretty Things – Making movies about science fiction
Moonage Daydream – Possibly android sexual gratification
Memory of a Free Festival – Alien contact
Me, I disconnect from you – Androids
Little Neutrino – Physics
Life on Mars! – A song about a movie about going to Mars.
Down in the Park – Future visions
Cat People – Eternal Life
Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Crafy – Alien Contact
Ashes to Ashes – Space Travel
Are Friends Electric? – Androids
Also Spach Zarathustra – AKA, theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey
Joy – Used extensively during the Apollo missions
Enjoy. And don’t forget, I only do these for fun.
Get the much better, sometimes much different, originals here:
This post is mainly testing to see how my new post to Twitter plugin works. It’s OK I suppose. But, this gives me reason to post probably my favorite memory of Bowie.
The first time I saw Bowie that I remember, was probably on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert around 1975. 1975 was a period of transition in music. You had the aging and fading hippies, the onset of disco, and probably the peak of glam. Most of the tv broadcasts focused on the aging stars. This show was noted as the last public performance of the Byrds. Boring. Boring. Boring. Then, stuck in the middle of a bunch of tie-dyed hippies was this: