Jessica Lange’s Stunning and Haunted Rendition of David Bowie Classic “Life on Mars”

I have been a fan of David Bowie’s music for many decades. I collected every album release from Bowie when I was in high school in the 1970s as he was just beginning to gain broader appeal outside of the UK. His early song lyrics were often not only complex and prosaic master works, but were quite prophetic portraits of a society as he saw it, already crumbling around the edges from the strain of 20th century events piled one on top of the other until the framework which held our own understanding of those events began to crack, sway and finally give way. Bowie knew how to chronicle such things in song. He was the first musician after Bob Dylan and Neil Young to pen and capture relevant social commentary, then weave it into his own personal musical narrative. The selection of this particular piece of music was very apt. Here is Jessica’s performance of it.

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