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Anne Cabrera composing at her piano

preface from Columbia album

(this intro is from the lin­er-notes to my CD Colum­bia: We Dare to Dream)

I didn’t know them.  I didn’t know their names, or that they had been in space for six­teen days, or that they were called the “STS-107” crew, or even what “STS” meant.  But I was sit­ting next to my piano on the morn­ing of Feb­ru­ary 1st, 2003 when I heard the news… the awful news that the space shut­tle Colum­bia had just bro­ken apart upon reen­try, 200,000 feet high in the skies over Texas, and that the entire crew had undoubt­ed­ly per­ished.  It was unfath­omable.  I hadn’t known them, that crew of sev­en, but my heart was sud­den­ly sear­ing with pain for their fam­i­lies.

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image of R. Husband and K. Chawla at work onboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Astronauts R. Husband and K. Chawla

Ten years ago: astro­nauts R. Hus­band & K. Chawla work­ing in space to make our lives bet­ter spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images… #remem­ber­ing­co­lum­bia #sts107

— Anne Cabr­era (@composerAnne) Jan­u­ary 23, 2013

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image of Astronaut Laurel B. Clark, STS-107 mission specialist

Astronaut Laurel Clark on Middeck

Astro­naut Lau­rel Clark works for us on the mid­deck of space shut­tle Colum­bia 10 years ago. spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images… #remem­ber­ing­co­lum­bia #sts107

— Anne Cabr­era (@composerAnne) Jan­u­ary 24, 2013

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NASA space shuttle on crawler transport

Our Video for Hangar Doors

“Hangar Doors (Roll­out)” has a new music video to go with it!

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Columbia astronauts head for the van

Days of Remembrance

The lat­ter part of Jan­u­ary and ear­ly Feb­ru­ary is potent: it is a time that we reflect upon and hon­or the fall­en crews of Apol­lo 1, Chal­lenger, and Colum­bia, and all those who have lost their lives in the cause of explo­ration. Dur­ing these days of remem­brance, I would like to encour­age us all to reflect upon our space heroes while lis­ten­ing to the music of “Colum­bia: We Dare to Dream.”

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NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson aboard the ISS

Columbia CD Travels to the ISS!

Sur­prise, sur­prise! Thanks to NASA astro­naut Clay Ander­son, my Colum­bia CD appar­ent­ly took a lit­tle trip to the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion, via the space shut­tle Dis­cov­ery mis­sion STS-131.

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And The Winner Is…

Do you pay atten­tion to the Gram­my Awards?  I must con­fess: I don’t, not espe­cial­ly.  Sure it’s fun to watch the year­ly fash­ion show, and see the lights and glit­ter and lip-sync­ing played out… and we chuck­le at all the win­ners’ bab­ble, and then laugh at the com­men­tary about the bab­ble, and then at the com­men­tary about all the com­men­tary!  But, when it comes down to it, frankly, most of the time I’m left with the feel­ing of where’s the music?  Where’s the real music?
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