With the moon being in the news recently, it seemed like a good time to talk about this fun album, which talks about the great adventure weâ€™ll have when we land on the moon. Here are a few songs from the album.
The song that starts out the festivities is â€œWith a Great Big Noise Like Thunder,â€ which talks about how loud the rocket will be when it zooms into space. But donâ€™t worry, no matter how fast it goes, cameras will catch everything. Thereâ€™s some narration after the song that I was going to cut out, but I decided not to because itâ€™s kind of charming to hear somebody talk about landing on the moon in future tense. I also like how he keeps referring to the satellite in the rocket as a â€œman-made moon.â€
In â€œMeet Space Pilot Jones,â€ we learn that our astronaut is extremely smart and is between 5â€™ 2â€ and 5â€™ 10â€ tall. I donâ€™t remember a specific height requirement once we got the real guys into space, but it would make a lot of sense. We also find that his space suit makes him look like a barrel. Not the look you want to pull off if you run into some foxy space ladies!
Next we have â€œThe Story of the Planets,â€ which is a fun calypso song about how the planets revolve around the Sun. This is back when Pluto was still in the Planet Club. The narrator even talks about new planets being â€œbillions and billionsâ€ of miles away, long before Carl Sagan copped that phrase.
â€œPut a Penny in the Scaleâ€ helps you learn that you will weigh differently on different planets, (that is of course if you donâ€™t burn up or freeze when you get there). And if you can even find a coin-operated scale any more, chances are putting a penny in it will just end up losing your penny.
Finally, this song explains that the distance between the Earth and the Moon is the same as â€œ50 Round Tripsâ€ from New York to California. However, the rocket to the moon can go seven miles a second, which is a bit faster than the posted speed limits for the car trip.
I hope you enjoyed this one. Like I said before, I thought it was kind of cool to hear people fantasizing about something we barely think about any more. As always, if youâ€™d like the entire album, it can be found here.