October 23rd, 2008

bald man thinking

Space Songs



When my wife was little, her family had an album called "Space Songs" and they played it at night while the kids went to sleep. It was an album of songs about Earth, science, and the universe.

Many years ago, her parents gave E a tape of the songs and she listened to them regularly while going to sleep. Now A, who likes to ask questions about space and the universe, has started listening.

When we got the first tape, I immediately loved the album. The songs are all catchy and some of them are very touching.

It turns out the album is part of a set called "Singing Science". You can't buy them any more, but there is a fan web page devoted to the albums which has MP3s. I've downloaded the MP3s and given CDs over the years to friends with kids.

Hopefully they'll listen to the songs, learn something about science, and think about the future of space exploration. As it says in my favorite song, "Why Go Up There?"

Why do we all want to go up there, up there?
What is there to do or see up there, up there?
Outer space is the place where we'll trace the future
There's a lot of who knows what a-way up there.


(spoken)
Now that I think of it, why do we want to be up there?
Because we're people, members of the human race. We thirst for knowledge, we want to know. And we do know that new frontiers and discoveries are waiting for new pioneers and scientists, a-way up there.

Outer space is the place where we'll trace the future
There's a lot of who knows what a-way up there.


That song gets me every time. Every dang time.
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 23:53 @quixhobbit "It was a chowdah from beyahnd the grave, and it threatened a lahge paht of the eastahn seaboahd. Then Julia stepped in..." #
  • 00:09 yawn. yawn. yawn. I think it's bedtime. #
  • 00:09 @quixhobbit you've got it! And so the legend grows... #
  • 00:09 I'm yawningly tired, so it's time for bed. #
  • 10:53 work meetings, lunch, and then math contest club #
  • 18:07 done with busy day, done with coaching math contest club. I feel like I've been beat with a stick. A padded stick, but still a beating. #
  • 18:08 @gregvaneekhout Road Trip! #
  • 18:21 @quixhobbit do you mean - a collaborative twitter story? Cool. I'll pick back up again. #
  • 18:25 "Some say they sawh feah in the chowdah monstah's eyes, some say it wahs defiance. But all agree, a greaht storm was brewing that day." #
  • 19:09 @quixhobbit "Some saw feah in the chowdah monstah's eyes, some say it was defiance. But all agree, a great storm was brewing that day." #
  • 19:09 the kids made chicken dipping sticks for dinner. yum! yay kids! #
  • 21:36 Bush/Palin on SNL: "The vice president is the most important office in the land." #
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