Space Oddity – Astronaut cover of David Bowie’s song on the International Space Station is now a tribute
Creativity, uniqueness and boldness are words that come to mind when I think of David Bowie. He was a charismatic singer, songwriter and actor and this is my small tribute to him and his work.
Creativity, uniqueness and boldness can also be said for a Canadian astronaut who turned Bowie’s song Space Oddity into a poignant music video bringing Bowie’s lyrics and music into a higher dimension. For he sang it in his tin can, far above the world.
How does one person inspire many? Getting young people excited about space travel is hard to do when they’re distracted with their devices, games, TV shows, friends and all the things parents do to keep them busy. And yet, astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield has done just that.
In 2013, Hadfield made a music video cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity while on the International Space Station. The cinematography was simple but elegant. Hadfield’s sings with an earnestness as if Bowie’s lyrics are his own. It is a surreal experience.
“Chris Hadfield left orbit in style yesterday after five months aboard the International Space Station. Hours before his planned return to Earth aboard a Soyuz capsule, he cast himself as Bowie’s Major Tom in a remake of the singer’s 1969 classic, “Space Oddity”.
Commander Hadfield had already sought Bowie’s permission to use the song. “We’ve been working on it for about six months,” the astronaut’s son and media manager, Evan Hadfield, told The Independent. “It was planned before the mission began and fleshed out as we realised what was possible.”
The first music video shot in space, made with subtly adapted lyrics, rocketed across the web, gaining a million views in 12 hours on YouTube.” – Independent – Simon Usborne
Here is the video. A tribute to Ziggy Stardust. May you rest in space.
In David Bowie’s Own Words
Dedicated to Ziggy Stardust from all of us on Earth
Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman. pic.twitter.com/FbcxlAzces
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 11, 2016