Life on Mars? ( don’t forget the question-mark! ) by the inimitable Mr David Bowie has always been one of my favourite songs. Although recorded in the early 70s its timeless, ageless and some would say meaningless.
I’d say enigmatic, as what most people don’t get is that Bowie is painting a picture of a world gone mad, the girl with the mousy hair escaping her dull existence to see the same dull movie 10 times, people fighting for no reason, police beating up the wrong guy.
It really is the freakish show and he asks the question .. Is there life on Mars?
Is there any chance of escaping for this dull and chaotic existence?
Personally, I like it because it just sounds and feels good.
Although Bowie wrote the song, the piano was played by the classically trained Rick Wakeman, two musical geniuses in my opinion who I could only ever dream to emulate.
On paper the song is written in the Key of F, but thats only notional as it promptly forgets that and goes in and out of key at multiple locations.
Its probably the most complex song that I’ve learned and the below tab I’ve based it on doesn’t do the complexity of the song justice. So I used this for guidance and filled the rest in from the Bowie songbook that I received for my birthday last week.
I’m off work for a week and catching up with bits and bobs, including getting a chance to mess around with the recording features of the Roland FP-90 Digital Piano that I bought last year.
Finally had the change to record this and convert it to mp3, a fairly painless process.
In my version, its a quick round of an 8 bar intro in a more classical style and then the song in more accompaniment style so that my mate can sing along with it without guessing where the lyrics sync with the music.
Hope I’ve did it justice. 🙂