Thursday, July 16, 2009
To the MOON!
On July 16, 1969 - 40 years ago today, NASA launched Apollo 11, which would land on our Moon in 4 days' time. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first Americans - the first humans in fact, to walk on the Moon. Of the 7 Apollo missions (11 - 17), astronauts from 6 of them (remember the fate of Apollo 13? deemed a successful failure by NASA) involved Moon landings.
We learned the Moon is not made of green cheese; we took rocks and dirt from its surface and brought them back to Earth for analysis. We conspired that no one landed on the Moon at all and that it was all faked.
Some things hold true, regardless of what one believes about the Moon and whether we really walked on it... we gaze at the Moon... it illuminates the night when its full and it is the source of inspiration for songs, poetry, painting, photography and other acts of madness...(like say, sustaining a blog about punk rock for 1,000 posts?)
Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night... madness? the moon and stars...
I don't know how to begin to quantify how many songs about the Moon have been written; how many albums name-checked the Moon... The Killing Moon (Echo & the Bunnymen), Blue Moon of Kentucky (Bill Monroe's version is my fave, Patsy Cline a close second), Blue Moon, Dark Side of the Moon, MoonAge Daydream, Havana Moon, Mr Moonlight, Moonlight Sonata, and on and on and on...
Iggy Pop has a song called Moonlight Lady.
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