Why Listen? For a sense of childlike wonder; a Bradbury-esque take on space travel; cheerful innocence and optimism.
Even those only fleeting familiar with science fiction know the genre took a dark turn a few years ago and has kept the course since. Post-apocalyptic rules bookstore shelves, and while I like a grim read, sometimes I find a lighter tone equally enjoyable. Singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson shows just such an easy touch with "Rocket," a peppy pop-folk ballad about watching a Space Shuttle liftoff with his children. Listeners will have a hard time thinking Peterson hasn't steeped himself in Ray Bradbury's short stories once they hear the lyrics: "Oh, the sight of the mighty machine! / The iron shine of a golden dream / On the edge of the ocean, a potential explosion, / Stands so tall and so serene." A perfect accompaniment to tales such as "Rocket Summer."