The Commander Thinks Aloud is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, no doubt due to its deeply human treatment of very emotional subject matter (the tragic loss of the explorers piloting the Space Shuttle Columbia) in concert with poetic and artful execution. Here songwriter John Roderick deconstructs the song, and its climax: a single line, repeated. "The thing is, I sing it once, and then the 2nd time everybody gets it, the 3rd time they've heard it now, the 4th time they're like "okay, alright...", the 5th and 6th time it starts to get annoying...
But then: a new kind of gravity enters, only on the 7th time, when you can finally start to feel the emotion. And when I perform it live, if I'm not careful, I too will start to cry."
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