Song Lyric Sunday: 6th February

Today Jim has chosen my suggestion of Space, Planets, Aliens for our theme.
I am looking forward to the responses which I am sure will include Rocket Man by Elton John, Space Oddity by David Bowie, Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft by the Carpenters and a host of others.
When I originally thought of my suggestion, I was going to go with The Carpenters, but instead I’ve decided on this:

Courtesy of WIKI

Recording for “Life on Mars?” took place on 6 August 1971, the final day of the Hunky Dory sessions. Co-produced by Bowie and Ken Scott, the backing band consisted of guitarist Mick Ronson, bassist Trevor Bolder and drummer Mick Woodmansey; Ronson also composed the song’s string arrangement. After failing to acquire pianist Dudley Moore, piano was played by Strawbs member Rick Wakeman.

Musically, “Life on Mars?” is described as a “soaring, cinematic ballad”. It is primarily glam rock, with elements of cabaret and art rock. The song has a complex structure, containing different chord changes throughout. The instruments act in tandem with one another and Bowie’s vocal, steadily growing throughout its runtime. Lyrically, the song describes a girl who goes to the cinema to escape reality, using numerous surreal images. It thematically reflects optimism and the effects of Hollywood. Despite its title, the song has no connection to Mars itself; it is instead a reference to a then-recent media frenzy between the United States and Soviet Union.

At the height of Bowie’s fame as Ziggy Stardust, RCA Records issued “Life on Mars?” as a single on 22 June 1973 in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart and stayed on the chart for thirteen weeks. The single release was promoted by a promotional video shot by photographer Mick Rock, featuring a made-up Bowie in a turquoise suit performing the song against a white backdrop. Bowie performed the song during his concerts frequently throughout his career, performances of which have appeared on several live albums. The song also has appeared on numerous compilation albums and was remixed by Scott in 2003 and 2016, the latter being a ‘stripped down’ mix. The 2016 mix was accompanied by a remastered and reedited version of Rock’s video.

“Life on Mars?” is considered by biographers and reviewers as one of Bowie’s finest songs, with many describing it as a masterpiece. Praise is also given to Bowie’s vocal performance and growth as a songwriter. Several publications have also considered it one of the greatest songs of all time. The song was the namesake of the British television series Life on Mars and has featured in other films and television shows. Artists who have covered the song include singer Barbra Streisand and Nine Inch Nails members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The song charted worldwide following Bowie’s death in 2016 and became a frequent tribute song for the artist; tributes by Nicholas Freestone and singer Lorde garnered widespread attention.

Life on Mars by David Bowie.

Lyrics are in the clip. I have always liked this track because of the music itself.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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11 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday: 6th February

  1. Pingback: Song Lyric Sunday: Space the Final Frontier. | willowdot21

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Great Choice of Song and promt Di.
    Bowie Rules. Sorry I was late crediting you I did not see it was your prompt 💜💜

  3. Lovely choice Di, as Bowie was the original spaceman.

  4. New to me – very interesting choice! 🙂

  5. I learned a lot of space related songs today Di. Even the one I picked! LOL 🤣

  6. murisopsis says:

    Very appropriate choice! Bowie was always pushing the boundaries.

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