When I bought my first stereo in around 1976-77, one of my brothers told me that the first record I really needed to buy was Brian Eno’s Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy). I found it, and was very glad I did; it touched off a lifelong love for Eno’s music. From his time as the keyboard and synthesizer player for Roxy Music to his solo glam rock and then his pioneering the genre of ambient music, and his work with Daniel Lanois, David Bowie, U2, Coldplay and others, his music and “aural landscapes” can always fit the present mood for me.
In 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, Eno re-released his 1983 album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, a collaboration with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno, which was the soundtrack to the documentary, For All Mankind (definitely worth a watch, by the way). “Deep Blue Day” is a track from the album, a really nice chill piece with a touch of twang that helps the mind wander into peacefulness.
A late addition to this post: In an interview on his YouTube channel, Eno states that the Apollo astronauts were allowed to take one cassette tape each, on their mission. Most chose country music, therefore the piece, while having a distinct spacey sound, is infused with that twangy-ness through the guitar and steel guitar (played by Lanois), to make it psychedelic. I found that so amazing; to hear how much thought went into the music for the film.
“Deep Blue Day” is a remarkable piece of piece of music.
Now you know a little about why it’s my song of the day for today. Enjoy. And if you like the music, please support the artist and buy it.
Here’s the official audio from Brian Eno’s YouTube channel: