In 1977, Close Encounters of the Third Kind was on the big screen. And, wow… that music! With today’s significant solar event, I’m reminded of songs that create wonder, articulate our connection to a larger world or simply celebrate our ability to step barefooted on green grass and dance beneath the moonlight.
Earlier today, I witnessed the creation of a solar projection box for my nine-year-old son. Admittedly, it’s left me feeling a bit nostalgic and with more than a few songs rattling in my head. In 1979, I was seven years old and leaned on my dad, an unabashed music and science nerd, to help me fashion my own solar projection box. I still remember feeling giddy with my head surrounded in cardboard.
A little background – My parents were band nerds. In fact, my mom, a medaled majorette, said she selected the tympani simply to be seated nearer my dad – a masterful musician and trumpet player. I say nerd in the best possible sense and I count myself lucky for their unabashed love of music. Growing up, my bedroom featured a prized record player where I would listen to my mom and dad’s music collection and gaze out at the night sky to consider my place in a changing world.
In anticipation of today’s big event, I serenaded my son with almost every song I can think of from an eclectic music collection I inherited from my parents: Moonglow, Moondance, Harvest Moon, Both Sides Now, Moonriver, etc. I’ll admit, my parent’s nerdiness lives on in me. There are many examples. Here’s one: marching bands make me cry.
So, with that, here’s my eclipse playlist with a nod to my mom Betty and my late father Henry and musical reminders that the world keeps spinning and sometimes it’s appropriate to marvel “…at what a little moonlight can do” or other selected LP to create your perfect soundtrack.
Take a listen. Let me know what you would add: PLAYLIST LINK