Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Rick Wakeman CD Honors Space Shuttle Astronauts

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman is used to rock music but his latest record might be called “rocket music.”

That’s because the CD, Out There, was inspired by the crew members of Space Shuttles Discovery and Columbia and is dedicated to the astronauts who died in the 2003 Columbia crash.

Wakeman says he actually started the CD before the disaster and almost canceled the project in the wake of the crash.

However, a friend of his who works as a NASA payload specialist convinced him the music would be a fitting tribute and the families of the fallen astronauts agreed.

But while Out There is definitely a tribute to the late astronauts, Wakeman believes the music is too optimistic to be a requiem and says that’s because all the astronauts he’s met “feel they’re doing something that’s good for the future.”

Wakeman admits the ideal place to listen to the CD is probably the moon but admits his own medical past will keep him from becoming a space tourist. However, he hopes NASA puts the recording on the playlist for future shuttle missions.

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