Mike Edel – Challenger (Official Music Video)

Mike Edel’s “Challenger” is an endearing tribute to the tragic Challenger shuttle explosion, the song inspires us to keep pushing for our dreams even when it seems impossible.

On “Challenger,” my latest single produced by Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab For Cutie), I recount the space shuttle Challenger tragedy, in which millions of people around the world collectively tuned into their TV sets on January 26, 1986, in an effort to help understand our present social and political complexities.

Challenger presents a moment in a time when the world felt out of control, and left us with a collective sense of confusion and disorientation. These days, with a higher sense of frequency, I find myself in these moments. I find myself in these moments daily, in fact. Technology fragments us, progress numbs us, and our leaders have failed us.

If it’s true, as Kierkegaard once wrote, that ‘Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards’, then how do we live forward when our innocence and confidence is lost? What is the future if this is now?

Progress, both technologically and socially, is in question

“Are we moving forward, or should we have stayed?”

Mike Edel

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