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Gary Bowman: Music

Moonshot

(Gary Bowman)
July 20, 2019
Gary Bowman
First, and foremost, this song is inspired by personal experience. I recall gathering around the B&W as a family, and the incredible excitement we all felt...a truly remarkable, 'feel-good' event!
The lead instrument is a mandolin...I am hooked up to a ‘wah-effects pedal,’ which is switched on when the drums kick in, so it sounds like an electric guitar. The riff is a spin on Jimi Hendrix’ ‘Manic Depression’ which represented the rock and roll of that
era. I included this to capture the inter-generational aspect of the historic Moon Landing that brought families together, if only for a moment. As the sound returns to acoustic mandolin, the singer reflects on the passage of time ('my hair has turned gray')...this also speaks to the enduring nature of the event!
The other interesting aspect of the song is the chorus, which draws from ancient writings, as well as historic 19th century novels (i.e. ‘From the Earth to the Moon,’ ‘First Man on the Moon,’ et al) to capture mankind’s long-time fascination with the idea of flying to the Moon...I had a good time writing and recording this one...hope you enjoy listening to it!
MOONSHOT © Gary Bowman

Shot from a cannon, Carried high in a balloon
On the feathers of geese, Fly me to the moon

On a mid-summer’s night, We all gathered round
Glued to the telly, As the Eagle touched down,
We stepped on the Moon, For the very first time
“One small step for man, One giant leap for mankind.”

Shot from a cannon, Carried high in a balloon
On the feathers of geese, Fly me to the moon

Now, decades have passed, My hair has turned gray
And through it all, I remember that day,
We touched the Moon, For the very first time
“We came in peace for all mankind.”

Shot from a cannon, Carried high in a balloon
On the feathers of geese, Fly me to the moon
Shot from a cannon, Carried high in a balloon
On the feathers of geese, Fly me to the moon
On the feathers of geese, Fly me to the moon