Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, passed down his love for flying and music to several generations of his family. This could not be more evident in a poignant new ballad called Flight of Fancy, written by Neil’s son Mark Armstrong and performed by the astronaut’s granddaughter Kali Armstrong.
On the anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s birth (he was born August 5, 1930, and passed away August 25, 2012) we couldn’t not show you this. This goes to the heart of what we do here at SCIFI.radio.
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The new song plays during the credits roll of a new Harrison Ford narrated documentary called “Armstrong” that chronicles the life and accomplishments of the legendary NASA astronaut. The video integrates NASA archival footage with Armstrong family home movies along with clips from the studio recording session.
The song was written by Mark Armstrong, son of the famous astronaut. From the Space.com article premiering the music video:
Mark Armstrong: My father took me up in a glider when I was 6 years old. I remember the feeling of flight, but more importantly, I remember what a peaceful impact it had on my dad. When [he was] up in a glider, Dad would seem to leave all his troubles on the ground and simply enjoy the moment. So, the song emerged from my memory of my father’s love of flight.
Kali Armstrong: The first time I heard Dad’s song, I not only thought of my grandpa, but I also thought about my love of birds. I knew it would be the perfect song to record in my home of Bozeman, Montana, near Yellowstone National Park. Once in the studio, Dad and I merged our concepts of flight, his experience in the glider and my work with avian conservation, and channeled our passions into this song. It seemed to fit Grandpa Neil perfectly.
The Armstrong’s new song is available for stream and purchase, and of course you can hear the tune on SCIFI.radio. This one’s a keeper.