30 Day Music Challenge Day 25: Space Oddity (David Bowie+Kristen Wiig)


In an effort to drum up some posting after leaving this blog essentially dormant for, well, too long… here’s me taking the 30 Day Music Challenge. It’s spreading well enough that it’s still interesting, and it’s relevant enough to my interests that it’s worth pursuing. I love music, and I’ve come to associate certain songs with certain parts of my life, and it’s a fun opportunity to talk about some well-remembered songs.

Day 25 is “a song by an artist no longer living”. Wiig is still alive and well (and for god’s sake, 2016, don’t take this one), but David Bowie is sadly no longer with us.

Space Oddity by David Bowie is a song that has long been quoted here and there (such as in the pop-culturally-literate Friends) because of its distinctive “Major Tom”-centric dramatic situation. But it’s actually a lovely, melancholy and… lonely song the longer you get into it. The Walter Mitty movie mix with Kristen Wiig adding vocals is quite nice too, especially given how well it meshes the new vocal with the original.

Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do.