David Bowie‘s version to Wild Is The Wind is one of the most convincing examples of how a performer should interpret a song. Listening to Bowie you can imagine the wind getting wilder and stronger with Bowie’s crescendo. Bowie is the wind and you can hear it howling through his voice. The desperate need for touch and the feeling that love is the source of life for the lyricist explode at the end with the cry: “Don’t you know you’re life itself?”
There are many versions to Wild Is the Wind. It was composed by Dimitri Tiomkin and lyrics are by Ned Washington . The track was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis for the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind.
From Bowie’s performances on YouTube I like the official 1982 version the most. A live performance at the Beeb demonstrates the magic Bowie and the song have over the audience. The addition of the piano provides more “drama” but its redundant in my opinion.
Live at the Beeb:
Two interesting points of view on the state of the music industry, on which side are you?
Positive Music Place
Dear Mr. Gill,
I recently read your comments about what the music business has become. I’d like to thank you for articulating, with brutal honesty, feelings felt by many musicians about the current state of our industry.
However, I’d also like to challenge you–and the countless artists who feel the way you do. Yeah, the music business sucks. What can we do about it?
The first step is to ask why it is that music has become devalued. The superficial answer may be that in 1960, recorded media, such as 45s and LP records, cost more to manufacture and distribute. Digital downloads have less overhead expenses attached to them; thus a lower price point is possible. In general, the trend of technology is that it gets cheaper as it evolves.
But what about the bigger picture? Is it true that “creative brains are being sorely mistreated?”
There’s no nice way…
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