Drive It To The Moon’s Musical Tribute to Neil Armstrong

by Lee Gonnella on August 29, 2012

One thing I like to do everyday is read the obituaries. I just like to keep track of those who have “left the planet”, and this obviously wasn’t Mr Armstrong’s first time accomplishing that feat.  Last week we lost one of the great American heroes in Neil Armstrong. If you’re old enough to remember that historic moonwalk, it’s one of those moments you never forget, you know exactly where you were and who you watched it with.

Neil’s passing got me to thinking about all the great “space”  themed songs and I thought a musical tribute to Neil was in order. Astronauts didn’t wear i-pods in those days, ( hopefully still don’t but I didn’t know they wore diapers until that crazy woman drove across country wearing a space diaper), but this is THE song  to hear when they “light this candle”.  This once rare version of  “Space Oddity” is the original promotional  music video for the David Bowie   film, ‘Love You Till Tuesday‘, originally released in 1969 and later re-released on dvd.


Once in space, I would think it’s about letting the rocket do it’s thing while the astro-men kick back and enjoy the view, and maybe enjoy Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone From the Sun“.


Like most of the original astronauts, Neil Armstrong was into airplanes,  flight engineering, and Chuck Yeager. This is the original 9.38 version of the Beatles “Flying”. It gets a little odd the last few minutes, but there’s nothing normal about hurling through space in a big can of rocket-fuel.

Neil got a 3-page Obit in the New York Times, which is enormous. Turns out he didn’t particularly enjoy getting the credit he did for the work of tens of thousands people.  His ex-wife went so far as to say it had all but wrecked his life.  This reluctant hero never complained though, and by all accounts was a gracious, and grateful man.  Turns out he was really just a regular guy.  Jerry can explain it better than I can….

I love this last song, it’s by the Old 97’s, and the parallels between heaven and space just make it one of the happiest sad-songs ever, a fitting goodbye to a guy who thrilled the world by, in his own estimation,  just “doing his job”.

That’s my musical tribute to Neil Armstrong.



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