This is the third in my series of essentially random covers of Bowie songs, many of which are posted online every week, showing everyone from David Byrne covering Bowie to this guy, Jay Clark, who I know nothing about. Here’s a man and his guitar doing a straightforward cover of “Ashes to Ashes.” Whoever Jay Clark is, he is clearly a musician, whether an amateur or professional who isn’t famous. Although his take doesn’t add any new dimension to the song, I’m struck that the song works with a single instrument to accompany the singing.
This whole series, which I intend to continue in perpetuity reminds me of a story that Paul McCartney tells at concerts (at least he’s told this story at the four concerts I saw): before playing, “Blackbird,” McCartney talks about how people tell him that they learned to play the guitar by learning how to play “Blackbird.” From seeing the large number of Bowie covers, I get the impression that Bowie songs have also become something of a right of passage for musicians. I have a feeling I won’t be lacking for material any time soon.