Thanks, Peggy. I enjoy making these little arrangements and learning new ways to use my gear. Plus it makes me really stretch my fiddle abilities. Lately I've been trying to play a lot of the music I've listened to for years, or grew up listening to. Makes it easier, because the tunes are ingrained in my noggin' pretty good.
I seldom try and record a complete copy or try and make it sound exactly like the original recording. Often I go in other directions and just focus on bits and pieces/melodic stuff that I really like about the piece. Kind of make it my own, but still keep it recognizable. I do try and stick to the main melody as close as I can.
I played a version of this one (Ashes to Ashes) on an acoustic fiddle for some friends at a cookout a few weeks back. A fellow there had brought a fiddle, and asked me to play something. I didn't tell anyone what the tune was, just played a bit. Surprisingly, one person smiled broadly and recognized the tune as a Bowie song right away, but wasn't sure of the title, and every one else just said: "What is that? It sounds so familiar".
After that, I just played a few Irish tunes and "Cluck Old Hen". ...nobody recognized those either ...It was a "Classic Rock" kinda crowd of Old geezers there, lol : )