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Halfway to the Moon

Music/Lyrics: McConnell

Vocals: Page

Debut: 2010-06-19

Historian: Martin Acaster (Doctor_Smarty)

Last Update: 2013-11-11

The point in space that lies “Halfway to the Moon” is ostensibly the location where the Earth and its nearest heavenly body are united in a celestial marriage. This union of heaven and Earth which can be symbolized by the alchemical symbol of the hexagram, and represents the experience – commonly known as enlightenment – that lies at the center of Aldous Huxley’s The Perennial Philosophy

This metaphysical concept underlies the beliefs of all peoples from the most primitive aboriginal tribesmen to the most highly developed thinkers of more “civilized” society. No matter who we are, we each can experience that moment where we truly get “IT” and if only for that instant understand our place in the universe. The Page-penned “Halfway to the Moon” – which debuted on 6/19/10 at SPAC – seemingly captures such a moment of enlightenment for the songwriter. The only question then, is what aspect of his universe was Page pondering at the time? Going back to circles with shiny shoes for a repeat performance after leaving your wallet behind suggests marriage of an Earthly kind for a second time. 

Musically “Halfway to the Moon” sounds like what may have been the result if Thom Yorke of Radiohead had originally composed the Allman Brothers’ “Melissa.” Although the debut version was not very adventurous, the brooding, vaguely sinister groove through which Trey’s dissonant space whales swim shows great potential for future improvisation. Since its SPAC debut, “HTTM” has been a relative rarity and its jamming potential remains just that.



”Halfway to the Moon” 8/2/13, San Francisco, CA

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markah Reply
I love this song, and wish we heard it plaed more often. I heard them soundcheck it at the Toyota Park tour opener in Chicago on 6/11/2010.
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moopdog Reply
I get a Traffic vibe from this song, not Radiohead or Allmans. I love that Page wrote a cool tune recently, and can see them jamming it out at some point.

Rhyming Duluth and truth is genius- wonder if it's been done before...
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mw247 Reply
Might be able to update the above video with this.



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DreamOperator Reply
DreamOperator @makisupaman said:
I wonder what Page was doing in Duluth, MN?
Maybe he had a really, really good sandwich there!
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makisupaman Reply
makisupaman I wonder what Page was doing in Duluth, MN?
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spaceotter Reply
@DreamOperator said:
@makisupaman said:
I wonder what Page was doing in Duluth, MN?
Maybe he had a really, really good sandwich there!
Page probably has good sandwiches in lots of cities, but Duluth is the only one that rhymes with truth.
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ssalamone Reply
@moopdog said:
I get a Traffic vibe from this song, not Radiohead or Allmans. I love that Page wrote a cool tune recently, and can see them jamming it out at some point.

Rhyming Duluth and truth is genius- wonder if it's been done before...
Definite Traffic vibe - listen to Many a Mile to Freedom.
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otherguy33 Reply
i too love this tune, Duluth, and sandwiches.

and by the way, with this eclipse comin round.....Shouldn't we moondance once again?
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charliefogg Reply
charliefogg I'd say it has a similar chord progression to Come and Go Blues, not so much Melissa.
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