On February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart while reentering the earth’s atmosphere. John Roderick, singer and songwriter of The Long Winters, wrote “The Commander Thinks Aloud” about that fateful moment.
Even after listening to numerous Roderick on the Line episodes I hadn't heard of The Long Winters until recently, and I've really enjoyed listening to their back catalogue.
This particular track, though, I came across by accident thanks to the Song Exploder podcast. It's helped, I think, by Roderick's fantastic storytelling, but hearing that almost magical drum track in isolation makes my inner music nerd (no matter how small said nerd is) rather happy.
Just wait for the lump in your throat - was that something in my eye? - when you hear that crew compartment line over and over again.