A Gem of a Picture

It is always amaz­ing to me how every indi­vid­ual brings their own unique sparkle to the expe­ri­ence of music.  I mean, you can sit down thir­ty peo­ple in a room, give each of them a sheet of paper and a box of crayons, put on some music for them to hear, and say “Lis­ten close­ly, and draw what it sounds like…”.…  And despite the fact that all hear the exact same music in the same room at the same time, and all have the same col­ors of crayons, each per­son comes up with a total­ly dif­fer­ent and pre­cious gem of a pic­ture!  Now, isn’t that kind of remark­able?

So I was thrilled recent­ly to open my morn­ing email and find that a won­der­ful North Car­oli­na edu­ca­tor named Lin­da Kendzier­s­ki had writ­ten to me about a project that she had been work­ing on using my music.  Appar­ent­ly, she had heard my “Colum­bia: We Dare to Dream” CD and had felt so inspired by the music that, as she said, “I had to do it, I just had to do it for myself!”  She had tak­en her favorite NASA pho­tos of the uni­verse (most of them images tak­en from the Hub­ble tele­scope), and arranged them as an artis­tic slide show using musi­cal excerpts from the CD.  She called her cre­ation “Beau­ti­ful Uni­verse.”  Lin­da admit­ted that the amaz­ing results of her project sur­prised her, as it was her first film, and from that she got the idea to show the film at her high school’s upcom­ing “Space Day” cel­e­bra­tion.

“Lin­da K” (as she likes to be called) was inspired!  She loved the music… and she had lis­tened close­ly and grabbed her crayons, so to speak, and had cre­at­ed her own pre­cious gem of a pic­ture.  And she want­ed to share it with me and with every­one who loves and believes in space explo­ration.  I was intrigued!

And sur­prised.  Holy cow, what a film!  It’s true, I’ve always been wowed by the incred­i­ble images tak­en by the Hub­ble tele­scope… shim­mer­ing star clus­ters, and sen­su­ous neb­u­lae and all their col­ors, and all the count­less galax­ies that just blow your mind away.…  But to see ALL these beau­ti­ful images flash­ing by in the slide show as the music from “Colum­bia” was play­ing, I was struck and awed.  Linda’s “Beau­ti­ful Uni­verse” – it was a dif­fer­ent vision than the one that I had in my mind when com­pos­ing the music.  But it’s every bit as valid and inspir­ing and potent and human a pic­ture as I could ever imag­ine.  And I kept think­ing about how the STS-107 crew of Colum­bia would have loved to have seen the film and would have believed (as I do) in what it stands for.

So, if you haven’t watched the film yet, be sure to check it out.  You’re in for a real treat!  And to Lin­da K – you go girl!!  Thanks for your inspi­ra­tion – an A++ job with your crayons!  It’s a gem of a pic­ture, a col­lec­tion of great beau­ty… and how for­tu­nate for the rest of us, to be able to watch it and in it see the sparkle of your soul.

2 thoughts on “A Gem of a Picture

  1. Hi Sab­ri­na, I’m glad you liked it too! Thanks for post­ing. And isn’t it won­der­ful that the last space shut­tle crew to fly FIXED the Hub­ble tele­scope?!! Absolute­ly amaz­ing! So now we can all look for­ward to see­ing more incred­i­ble Hub­ble pho­tos.… 🙂

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