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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos Day 50
Tues. Feb 28, 2012

Sound + Vision (Live by Request)
David Bowie
2002

“♫ I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound and vision […] ♫”

In 2002 David Bowie performed a majestic performance on A&E’s Live by Request show. Bowie’s setlist was very eclectic. One of my favorite songs he played on that show was a modern interpretation of Sound + Vision. I am a fan of the original but in this live setting— this rendition of Sound + Vision becomes more alive, timeless rhythmically on stage.

Originally Sound + Vision had more verses but Bowie mysteriously edited off from the final version after Brian Eno added some “doo doo” riffs, as documented in Nicholas Pegg’s The Complete Bowie. I would still love to hear those original lyrics. But without the enigmatic aura there would not be the magic of Sound + Vision.

Long live Sound + Vision!

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