David Gilmour is the latest artist to offer a live stream performance for your isolation pleasure.
David Gilmour from Pink Floyd has just covered Leonard Cohen’s Bird On The Wire and So Long Marianne with his family on a live stream.
Let me set the scene. Gilmour (aka Pink Floyd frontman since Syd Barrett’s 1968 departure) has been pretty quiet of late. Besides selling off some of his guitars for charity last year and concluding his 2016 Rattle That Lock tour, we haven’t heard much. But alongside some support from his talented family, Gilmour is back.
Polly Sampson, Gilmour’s wife and longstanding collaborator, had previously organised a public event at Central Hall Westminster to promote her novel, Theatre for Dreamers. It was meant to happen this week, but due to the coronavirus restrictions, that was no longer possible. Instead, Sampson set up a livestream to talk about the novel. The discussion is broken up so that Gilmour can strum his guitar and sing with that recognisable homely voice.
Gilmour chose to play Cohen’s tunes because the book Theatre for Dreamers is set on a Greek island of Hydra, which is where Cohen used to live. Accompanied by his daughter Romany’s sweet harmonies, the covers are intimate and perfect to drift away with whilst in isolation. Watch the full live stream below.
For Gilmour’s performances, tune in at 7:46 for Bird On The Wire, and 30:08 for So Long Marianne.