Rhett Miller: “Ziggy Stardust”

Part of what seemed to keep David Bowie perpetually young was his immense empathy for kids. Having grown up different himself, Bowie often perfectly highlighted the young mindset without pandering or exploiting.  He wrote “Changes” while stuck between his teenage years and adulthood, and the words still ring beautifully true: “And these children that you spit on / As they try to change their worlds / Are immune to your consultations / They’re quite aware of what they’re going through.”

Spare The Rock, Spoil The Child–a nationally-syndicated, family-friendly show that airs on KUTX on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.–is taking these words to heart with a kid-focused compilation called Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute To David Bowie. It’s a benefit for the It Gets Better Project, whose mission is to “create and inspire the changes needed” to make the world better for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Rhett Miller–who, like a lot of kids, considered Bowie his confidant, his “north star”–wraps up the compilation with a cover of “Ziggy Stardust,” pointing the way for the next generation.

“Ziggy Stardust” appears on Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute To David Bowie. Pre-order via Amazon or iTunes or find it at Waterloo Records or End Of An Ear on November 18.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

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