Ground control to Major Tom: take your protein pills and put your
helmet on. And for heaven's sake, quit hitting the snooze button.
On yesterday's program, we told you how NASA has traditionally used
music to rouse sleepy astronauts on space missions. We also told you
that, for the space shuttle Discovery's final flight, slated for
November, NASA has asked people to vote on the best wake-up song for the
Among the Top Forty
contenders, there are some obvious choices: Elton John's Rocket Man, for
example. And some not-so-obvious ones, like Enter Sandman by Metallica.
Then we offered you some space in our email inbox -- and you took it.
Richard Cote of Calgary wrote:
"I would suggest Santana's Song of the Wind. I've enjoyed listening
to this song on many occasions as wake-up music, particularly when I
have important things to do, like a day of skiing or kayaking or hiking.
The opening theme is ethereal, and Santana gently lulls you out if your
morning daze with a beautiful melody and then slams you in with amazing
riffs and stunning guitar work, as well as incredibly layered and deep
driving Latin rhythms.
It's one of my favorite wake up songs of all-time. Surely not too much for NASA?"
That email was from Richard Cote of Calgary.
Alison Bell of Waterford, Ontario, wrote:
"For the shuttle's wake up call, the song that instantly touched down
(or should I say "blasted off") in my mind was Please Mr. Spaceman by
the Byrds. It works from the very first words:
"Woke up this morning with light in my eyes/
"And then realized it was still dark outside/
"It was a light coming down from the sky
"I don't know who or why ....
"I bet I won't be the only Boomer who suggests this."
That suggestion - and so far it's the only one, from a Boomer or otherwise -- came from Alison Bell of Waterford, Ontario.
And finally, there was this message, from John Teeter, from somewhere in cyberspace:
"What would be better than The Arcade Fire's 'Wake Up'? The answer?
Nothing. Heck, the song is even called 'Wake Up'. Case closed, you're
welcome very much."
That email was from John Teeter, somewhere out in outer cyberspace.
We're not sure whether that actually closes the case, but it will nicely
close this part of "As It Happens". Here is The Arcade Fire, with "Wake
Up", from their 2004 album, Funeral.