I’m no musician, so I really appreciate it when someone writes a song about space.
Being the cosmic romantic that I am, I’m a sucker for the song Drops of Jupiter by Train. Not only is it dripping with space imagery, it tugs at the heart of every astro-lover with the big(gest) question – what are you searching for out there? There are a couple of videos of this song, but I prefer the original. Watch it, or just listen, and let yourself dance along the milky way. Go on, you know you want to.
And then there is the classic 39 by Queen, which tales the tale of astronauts’ returning home to find their home and love ones aged due to Time Dilation. Awesome.
But what about Astronomers who make music with the music of the stars themselves? Well, you haven’t seen or heard anything until you’ve experienced Dr. Fiorella Terenzi. This is an astronomer and musician with a drive to fuse scientific reason with swaths of emotion. She outlines the importance of an artistic approach to science in her vision:
We become blinded by a technological curtain of abstract mathematical theorems and complex astronomical machinery, and we forget to feel the wonder of infinite space. We fail to communicate with loquacious celestial objects. We have fallen into the 21th Century trap of believing that the only knowledge we can gain from the universe is objective facts and not poetic truths about our lives. We become deaf to the music of the spheres. And worst of all, we are afraid to look into the stars’ eyes.
So, listen up, folks. Because the music of the spheres has something to say. And it just might be the answer you’ve been searching for.