Friday, May 28, 2010
The Golden Record -- What Turns Me On!
When NASA sent out Voyager 1 in 1977, and Voyager 2 a little later, they sent with them this "Golden Record," just in case someone out there should happen upon it, sometime, somewhere. It contains greetings from us in 55 languages, pictures of us, people, animals, flowers. It shares Earthsounds, thunder, wind, rain, crickets, trains, birds, whales...and it contains upon its golden skin the music of Bach, his Brandenburg Concerto #2, Queen of the Night from Mozart's Magic Flute, drums from Senegal, Australian Aborigine songs, Chuck Berry, among others from China, Japan, and elsewhere....
Just the thought of this piece of us, traveling yet outward and further every second, through the extravagance of the universe, gives me goosebumps.
If you want to see everything that's on it, check out the link above! My Big Tent Poem (below) is part of a piece written years ago.