All photos are of a newspaper my Dad kept and gave to me from the moon landing in 1969
Relatively unknown during his life time, Arthur Russell was a truly amazing musician. This Is How We Walk on the Moon a song from his 1994 album Another Thought is probably one of my favourite pieces of his work.
It's delicate melodic rhythm played out on a cello accompanied by his soft uplifting vocals, trumpets and bongo beats come together to capture in music a feeling of progress, elation, something positive. "Each step is moving, it's moving me up" he sings, and the trumpets also sing out a merry little tune as if in agreement, celebrating the idea. The computerized voice half way through startled me a little on my first listen but now I always look forward to hearing this extra twist.
One evening a few weeks back I took my laptop out onto our patio and played this video under the bright glow of a brilliantly clear full moon. I looked at the video and then looked up at the moon and felt a tingle of pride that we humans have indeed actually walked on the moon. We're pretty cool aren't we.
Arthur Russell - This Is How We Walk on the Moon