In case you were in a cave earlier this week, we lost David Bowie on Monday. I sat down bleary eyed to flip through my phone in the morning, the sun yet risen, and started filtering through folks dealing with their grief or relating their favorite Bowie stories. Given my groggy state, it took me a bit to realize what this was all about, and upon my discovery could only utter “fuck,” before dragging my body upstairs to get my kid up for school. The good news, and one that was voiced well more elegantly than I’m about to (regardless of by whom), is that I had the luxury of being here at the same time as a true artist like Bowie and so did my daughter. Not that his work always resonated with me, but I always appreciated his talent at curating his own sound. He wasn’t tied down to any one thing and always on the look for something fresh and challenging; if that isn’t something to admire, I don’t know what is.
A few years back, Louisville is for Lovers released a tribute to Bowie courtesy of cover compilation of bands from around covering the Ziggy Stardust album in it’s entirety. Whether planned or serendipitous, yesterday they released a remastered edition of the album as a FREE DOWNLOAD, further evidence of the wide reach of Bowie’s influence on a wide variety of musicians. It’s a nice tribute to an artist gone to soon and well worth checking out below.