35 Contact Lost(Morse)
from the Deep Purple album Bananas
Contact Lost is with respect to the NASA mission STS-107, the crew of which were aboard the tragic final flight of the Columbia.
In particular, Kalpana Chawla was a friend; a Deep Purple aficionado. She had arranged to carry some DP CDs during the mission and one of her wake-up selections, to commence another 12 hour shift, was 'Space Truckin'.
For some time prior to our Bananas recording session we had been carrying a Log on the Caramba website, lovingly written especially for us by Kalpana's husband J.P. Harrison. (You can still find them there in the archives).
During the mission I wrote to Kalpana and she replied from Columbia via Email:
Hello Kalpana and fellow Space Truckers,
We have been following your progress as closely as possible from our recording studio in Los Angeles.
Being aware of you whizzing around up there has added an extra dimension to the fizz in the air down here; I'll make sure you get the first copies of the resulting CD.
Continuing success on your mission, with best regards from all of us in Deep Purple and also the Caramba Team,
Dear Ian and Gang,
Thanks so much for your message. Finally, we have our space legs and we are enjoying the axes transitions, the magnificent views, and the work.
Best to you all.
On Saturday 1st February the awful events unfolded in the skies along Columbia's re-entry path.
We stumbled into the studio, unable to speak; the session was not going to happen that day.
Steve Morse arrived and we all hugged. He went straight to the room and asked Mike Bradford to record the music he had just written as he watched Columbia die…Contact Lost
Music doesn't always need words in order to be lyrical and Steve Morse was able to speak with his guitar when we were all speechless.
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