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Space Music

Heroes

As a musician, you’d probably think my heroes would be the musicians who inspire me. While I give them credit for making me the artist that I am, my musical heroes tend to be more the technical and business people who created the ability for me to be a truly independent artist. The engineers at ProTools and the wizards behind Audacity, for example, especially the latter, since they do it in an open-source way that gives me the ability to record a demo on my laptop wherever I may be without spending a dime. This is important since I’m a classic example of struggling artist, especially since I’m still sort of a newbie at being on this side of the microphone. Then there are the people at Bandcamp, Tunecore, and Reverbnation who create the opportunities for us independents to have many of the marketing advantages of major players in the industry. These people have enabled an outright revolution that is making the world of music a far better place. Despite my lack of love for major labels I also admire the people who do the real work of getting their music out, the assistants and “little people” who go about their duties with passion and vigor without getting any of the credit or even a big enough paycheck to live in the cities they have to live in to do their work or usually even a simple, “Thank you.” I was one of them once, and it’s the hardest work in the industry. Makes being a musician feel like a piece of cake even when I’m working 16 hour days or exhausted from traveling and promoting myself.

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Music and Astronomy Under the Stars

Recently, I was asked to participate in a wonderful event funded by NASA. It’s called Music and Astronomy Under the Stars. Dr. Donald Lubowich, Coordinator of the Astronomy Outreach Program at Hofstra University, received this funding to give concertgoers a view of the cosmos at the Tanglewood Music Festival. This event was co-sponsored by The Dudley Observatory, of which I am a member. Also participating were members from the Springfield Stars Club.


Tanglewood is a beautiful place nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and it provided a wonderful setting for this astronomy education and outreach program. Once our telescopes were set up on the spacious lawn provided to our group, curious musicians, staff and concert attendees began to approach us and ask questions about our various telescopes, celestial objects and recent news they’ve read. Although it was early in the day, we were able to provide some fantastic views of a large sunspot, which prompted even more questions that led to the recent reports of the possibility of seeing an aurora that night.


I was elated to see the amazement on the faces of children and adults who viewed a sunspot for the very first time. While witnessing this, I finally realized why astronomy truly has drawn me to look at the sky, read all I can, and share my information and views. Astronomy is a potential source for answers. When I heard the children’s questions, the epiphany was that we all have a child’s curiosity when we look up.  The increasing amount of knowledge provided by clearer views and the increasing amount of data are providing answers to the many curiosities we had as children, and if we’re fortunate, still have. The night’s clouds may have disappointed some, but I’m sure the day’s events and discussion will encourage many to continue to look up to satisfy their urge to know more about who we are and what is our place in this magnificent universe.

Spacefaring (Paraody of Memory by Sugarcult) #Musicmonday

This is a Parody of Memory by Sugarcult

Sing along with the youtube clip

 

This may never launch.

We could go extinct
And not become
spacefaring.
Sure, we’re doomed to die,
But we can be great
And
reach the high frontier.

So get back, back, back to the
Apollo.
Where we once imagined
that we all could live in
space.
So move to, to, to the brand new space age.
My heart’s
beating faster
as the launch fills it with flame.

This may
never launch.

We could go extinct
And not become
spacefaring.
Losing half a year,
Waiting for funding.
Keep
on advocating.

So get back, back, back to the Apollo.
Where
we once imagined
that we all could live in space.
So move to,
to, to the brand new space age.
My heart’s beating faster
as
the launch fills it with flame.

This may never launch.

Chilling burning hearts.
And not become spacefaring.
Lost
our sense of awe
At that old night sky.
Yet, reach the high
frontier?

So get back, back, back to the Apollo.
Where we
once imagined
that we all could live in space.
So move to, to,
to the brand new space age.
My heart’s beating faster
as the
launch fills it with flame.

This may never launch.

We could go extinct
And not become
spacefaring.
Sure, we’re doomed to die,
But we can be great
And
reach the high frontier.