Columbia: We Dare to Dream

When NASA space shut­tle Colum­bia STS-107 was lost on reen­try in Feb­ru­ary of 2003, com­pos­er and per­former Anne Cabr­era felt imme­di­ate­ly com­pelled to pay trib­ute to the shuttle’s crew in the most heart­felt way that she knew: through music.

cover of the album "Columbia: We Dare to Dream"

cov­er of the album “Colum­bia: We Dare to Dream”

Through this audio CD, Anne both mourns and cel­e­brates those lost astro­nauts. Her cel­e­bra­tion extends to the count­less indi­vid­u­als who spend their days and nights work­ing to turn the dreams of space explo­ration and human­i­tar­i­an sci­ence into real­i­ties; and also to those sup­port­ive NASA fam­i­lies who, despite their under­stand­able fears, con­tin­ue to stand behind their astro­nauts.

This album presents more than one hour of music. Accent­ed with images from NASA’s archives, the includ­ed full-col­or 24-page book­let is filled with both poet­ry and prose writ­ten by Anne to lend some insight into each of these instru­men­tal pieces. All tracks were com­posed by Anne, and all parts were per­formed by her on syn­the­siz­er: some­times emu­lat­ing tra­di­tion­al orches­tral instru­ments, and at oth­er times pro­duc­ing those unusu­al elec­tron­ic sounds and tex­tures more com­mon­ly asso­ci­at­ed with the syn­the­siz­er.

Though the album fol­lows the highs and (sad­ly and unavoid­ably) the lows of the Colum­bia mis­sion, its larg­er aim is to revere the depth of the human spir­it, and the will­ing­ness of some to risk all for the chance to bring ben­e­fit to the rest of us.

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