Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" speech.
Apart from Cosmos, Carl Sagan didn't leave much recording-stuff behind. But he left a recording of "Pale Blue Dot," and it's found itself rather popular on Mr. Internet, especially to aspiring video editors. Heck, perhaps they've overdone it. But the first time I heard this little narration, things started becoming clearer.
These videos inspired me to broaden my thinking a few years ago, when I still lived in Hope, BC. It wasn't long until I was renting Cosmos out from the library.
Pale Blue Dot - Animation from Ehdubya on Vimeo.
EARTH: The Pale Blue Dot from Michael Marantz on Vimeo.
Pale Blue Dot from ORDER on Vimeo.
Pale Blue Dot from Confetti on Vimeo.
It's a shame multiple tones would just create chaos. I could do this experiment with my own songs and it would show nothing.
Michael Langan's "Heliotropes."
I've enjoyed this little film over the last few years, although I admit that I don't really completely "get it." But I love the tone.
HELIOTROPES documents the parallel goals of man and nature, through the most primitive and sophisticated means, to simply stay in the light. Based on the poem by Brian Christian.
Heliotropes from Michael Langan on Vimeo.
I'm trying to get a paper written, but it's been a rough go. I've tried to keep myself at the computer by having this documentary playing in the background. I'd just read about the documentary in a little article called "Kids of the Cloth: Child Preachers From Jesus to Marjoe" in the most recent edition of Skeptic magazine. I couldn't get it out of my head. It's a good show. It does a great job of showing how people's emotions are worked into a frenzy, or a meditation, in religious services.
Things haven't changed much. I mean, the music styles have changed, but the overall goal and effect has not.
In a little tiny way, I can empathize with him a little. I worked in worship services and churches for a long time. Even as my faith waned, I still worked in churches now and then because I enjoyed it, because I was good at it, because there was, well, no distinct end.
As much as I was never a Pentacostal*, I did enjoy leading worship songs. I had a unique way of doing it that I really enjoyed. I'd pound through the worship songs and wouldn't give people a rest. Then, once the group was getting a little bit overwhelmed, I'd move into some quiet, slow, meditative number that would get them to focus on God a bunch. It worked well; I used that general system at different churches and congregations. It was a good time.
I've barely played live since I stopped attending churches. I can count on two hands the number of songs I've performed live since then. My voice is out of shape. I look forward to getting back in the game.
At the beginning of September, I moved to Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. I moved here because I am teaching at a school in Agassiz, only 8 kilometers down the road. I moved into a small apartment a couple blocks from the lake. I haven't really been able to make any music. Our apartment is still rather unlivable, certainly not very friendly to making music.
I'm trying to sing a little more because I'd like to redo most of my lead vocal takes sometime over the next few months, probably during the Winter Break. If I can get my voice up to snuff, I should be able to get the vocals recorded in an adequate manner. Although I did all the vocal takes in the summer, my voice is shaky and uncontrolled, at least when compared with my first CD. So I need to get this going again to a more adequate level.
I'm hoping to get a group together here in Harrison, or to get a performance going of some sort. But I'm not there yet.
Just so you have an update.
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