The space shuttle astronauts awoke this morning to the sounds of the Grateful Dead playing “Box of Rain,” according to today’s NASA mission update. Nice. “What do you want me to do?” is certainly an appropriate lyric for a space shuttle crew.
I’ve always thought American Beauty was all the Grateful Dead anyone needed for normal purposes, though I’ve been known to play Workingman’s Dead on mornings when I’ve had a good night’s sleep and at least two cups of coffee. I’d have requested “Ripple” myself, though maybe the key line — “If I knew the way, I would take you home” — might sound a little ominous under the circumstances.
Surely there’s a Bobcat lurking somewhere in the ranks of Mission Control who will do what needs to be done and play “New Morning” one of these space days.