New CD Celebrates Space Exploration
Available January 1st, 2004
When the space shuttle Columbia broke up over Texas in February
of 2003, NBC turned to legendary astronaut Buzz
Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, for perspective
on the tragedy. As part of his comments, Buzz began to read
a poem, until, overcome with emotion, he could not continue.
What Buzz was reading from was actually the lyrics to a song
from the new CD from Prometheus
Music, To Touch The Stars — A Musical Celebration
of Space Exploration.
Tracks were penned and performed by a variety of musical luminaries. The soaring ballad Beyond the Sky was written by renowned singer/songwriter Judy Collins to honor astronaut Eileen Collins, first woman to command a space shuttle (here sung by Margaret Davis). New Folk legend Christine Lavin makes an appearance with her Nova-episode-in-8-minutes number If We Had No Moon, inspired by the documentary film of the same name by Martin Ives. Gunnar Madsen, a co-founder of the popular a capella group The Bobs, rips through stunning performances of Surprise! (a "Russian folk-song" about Sputnik) and the ska rave-up Dance On The Ceiling.
This CD incorporates actual recordings from Space Shuttle launches from Liftoff! The Sound of America's Space Shuttle Program. You can purchase Liftoff! from http://www.spacestore.com/.