While prowling around the Net in search of a quick David Bowie fix, in preparation for next week’s trip to the “David Bowie is” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, I found a YouTube channel for Triple J, an alternative radio station sponsored by the Australian government. One of its features is a Friday morning segment called “Like A Version”, during which a visiting artist plays one of their own songs, and a cover of a song they love.
Sarah Blasko is an award-winning Australian singer-songwriter, with a string of highly-praised albums over the past 15 years. She performs a crystalline version of “Life on Mars”.
While on the site, I also found this beautiful cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”* by Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora.
Despite the current foul political atmosphere in the US and the UK, isn’t the 21st century wonderful? Pre-internet, it’s unlikely that I’d ever have heard of either of these two amazingly talented musicians.
*A passing thought: By now, there must be millions of people who have never heard of Massive Attack, but would recognize “Teardrop” within a minute or so.
“Oh! That’s the song from House!”