Wednesday, April 10

Is Somebody Singing

 
 
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Chris Hadfield is singing and playing his part of the song in the Copula. The Copula is the round viewing area you see (with the Earth as a backdrop) (above) and where a lot of pictures are taken for us to view.
 
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Published on Feb 12, 2013

The Barenaked Ladies, a children's choir, and the commander of the International Space Station. Put them together and what do you get? The first space-to-earth musical collaboration.
The song, "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) was commissioned by CBCMusic.ca and The Coalition for Music Education with the Canadian Space Agency to celebrate music education in schools across Canada.

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The words to “ISS, Is Somebody Singing” 

On solid fuel and wires
Turn the key and the light the fires.
We’re leaving Earth today
The rockets burning bright
We’ll soon be out of sight
And orbiting in space
Pushed back in my seat
Look out my window
There goes home

That ball of shiny blue houses everybody anybody ever knew

So sing your song I’m listening out where stars are glistening
I can hear your voices bouncing off the moon
If you could see our Nation from the international space station
You’d know why I want to get back soon (get back soon)

Eighteen thousand miles an hour
Fueled by science and solar power
The oceans racing past
At half a thousand tons
Ninety minutes Moon to Sun
A bullet can’t go half this fast

Floating from my seat
Look out my window
There goes Home (There goes home)
That brilliant ball of blue
Is where I’m from, and also where I’m going to

So sing your song I’m listening out where stars are glistening
I can hear your voices bouncing off the moon
If you could see our Nation from the international space station
You’d know why I want to get back soon (get back soon)

All back and white just fades to grey
Where the sunrises sixteen times a day
You can’t make out borders from up here
Just a spinning ball within a tiny atmosphere (atmosphere)

Pushed back in the seat
Look out my window
Here comes home (ho-ho-home)
What once was fueled by fear
Now has fifteen Nation orbiting together here.

So sing your song I’m listening out where stars are glistening
I can hear your voices bouncing off the moon
If you could see our Nation from the international space station
You’d know why I want to get back soon (get back soon)

You’d know why I want to get back soon (getting back to you)
You’d know why I want to get back soon (getting back to you)
You’d know why I want to get back soon (getting back to you)
You’d know why I want to get back soon

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This song can put me in a good mood as soon as I hear it, how can it not? This is the only song that describes this experience, The Overview Effect and what it means. Seeing the Earth from the ISS with no boundaries, hanging there so small and fragile in space must be highly emotional. Being on the ISS is an experience not many of us will ever have. It’s important that we have astronaut's like Chris Hadfield to illustrate and share these unknown experiences with us who are forever earthbound. 

“Nature lies deep within the Earth, and the Earth runs deep within our veins. It is the true nature of every atom of our existence.” Bekkie Sanchez

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2 comments:

  1. Love your own Quote at the End Bekkie, Yes Nature is in our veins because we are ONE with her, so many forget that, Love your New site by the way...
    Have a Lovely Weekend Bekkie and sending you a special thought from Dreamwalker's ~Sue x

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    1. Same to you old friend, I always so enjoy your visits to my sites. Thank you for your compliment on my quote. I'm good at them. Quotes aren't just a few words, if not written right they sound like a sentence instead of an idea. I loved your new blog BTW it was very touching. The American Indians had the right ideas about this planet. You have a good weekend too.

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The Overview Effect refers to learning firsthand, the reality of the Earth in space from the astronaut's point of view.Thanks for stopping by; your comments are greatly appreciated and may your view be an Overview.