Ground Control to Major Tom...
Harpist/vocalist Erin Hill is a regular at the Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South in New York City and is known for her rock ’n’ roll arrangements on solo harp, playing everything from the Beatles to Rihanna. This dynamic musician also had a number-one hit on the Billboard World Charts for her Celtic album, Four Leaf Clover. Here, she performs a stunning version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Hill’s arrangement of the piece is wonderful because it emphasizes the song’s beautiful orchestrations, which weren’t commonplace in rock music when the song was released in 1969.
Originally recorded in the weeks leading up to the Apollo 11 moon mission, “Space Oddity” was David Bowie’s first international hit after he had some success in the U.K. with 1967’s “The Laughing Gnome.” The song’s protagonist, Major Tom, would be the subject of future Bowie songs as well: “Ashes to Ashes” (1980) and “Hallo Spaceboy” (1995).
(H/T Little Things)