Monthly Archives: May 2014

Auditory Flashbacks: This Ascension

It is presently five o’clock in the morning, and I just arrived home from work.

Along the way, I was hit with a realization, the same one I’ve had many a time but never really shared here before: finishing these late shifts always ends with a really quiet ride home, and it’s something I’ve grown to appreciate. It feels like cycling through a dead city after the zombie apocalypse has come and gone, with not a soul in sight unless you count wildlife, and even that tends to be pretty isolated and sparse in the three-to-five window of time.

Actually, I love it. The world just seems like it’s teetering on the brink of something amazing at moments like those, so full of quiet possibilities, so very ready to burst forth into a flurry of life and motion.

In the spirit of that solitude, here’s a blast from the past from a band who (sadly) isn’t together any longer but whose memories and glorious sound will always cast a comfortable shadow in these halls … This Ascension!

And you’ve got to admit, there’s hardly a better sound to accompany a sinking crescent moon and indigo skies.

Forever Shaken ( +lyrics ):

Angel Light:

YouTube Treasures: Space Oddity at the ISS

A few years ago, I was floored by Collide’s awesome rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Then, much more recently, I found this version by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in the International Space Station during his final mission.

Talk about going out with a bang. He tunes the lyrics ever so slightly to the mission … and suddenly the Internet explodes with reverberations of his sheer awesomeness.

This is how such a beautiful song was meant to be performed …

(source via YT user David Bowiefans)