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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?
Con­tin­ue read­ing “A Gem of a Pic­ture”

‘MicroGravity’ video trailer

We post­ed about this video a while back on our news page. Final­ly we’re able to post the clip for you.

This trail­er ver­sion is an excerpt from Bill Judge’s film Micro­Grav­i­ty. It was released through his Bod­hi Leaf Pro­duc­tions com­pa­ny. This doc­u­men­tary looks at the cre­ation of my Colum­bia album, focus­ing on the track enti­tled Micro­grav­i­ty.

Hope you enjoy it!

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.

Con­tin­ue read­ing “pref­ace from Colum­bia album”
NASA space shuttle on crawler transport

Hangar Doors (Rollout)

(lin­er notes for track 1)

There must be a day, I imag­ine,
when a great ship is final­ly
born to the world…
a day unlike all the oth­ers.

The sound of horns is in the air,
call­ing all the peo­ple…

and they come from near and far,
excit­ed­ly, with such antic­i­pa­tion,
for they have worked
and dreamed of this day
for so long.

Con­tin­ue read­ing “Hangar Doors (Roll­out)”
astronauts working aboard Columbia shuttle

Payload

(lin­er notes for track 2)

Got to keep going
got to keep going
keep up the pace
what’s the next step to do
look at the check­list
look at the check­list
check it again
all must be per­fect.
eighty exper­i­ments
crammed in this ship
too many now it seems
wait­ing for me
got to keep going
got to keep going!

Con­tin­ue read­ing “Pay­load”
NASA astronaut Laurel Clark aboard Columbia STS-107

Microgravity

(lin­er notes for track 3)

They speak of it
reluc­tant­ly,
the astro­nauts of few who admit
to the sen­sa­tions
and frus­tra­tions
of the first days
in weight­less­ness:

Con­tin­ue read­ing “Micro­grav­i­ty”
full crew of space shuttle Columbia STS-107

Kalpana

(lin­er notes for track 4)

Born from hum­ble roots in Kar­nal, India, Kalpana Chawla trav­eled one of the longest and hard­est roads to become an Amer­i­can astro­naut.  Though small in stature, she became huge­ly known the world over as “Kalpana” or “K.C.”, the Indi­an girl who against all odds want­ed to become an aero­space engi­neer, the Indi­an girl who want­ed to fly and explore and who per­se­vered to make it hap­pen.

Con­tin­ue read­ing “Kalpana”

We Remember

(lin­er notes for track 5)

They were com­ing home.

They were com­ing home to us,
where we were wait­ing
so proud­ly and assured­ly.
Con­tin­ue read­ing “We Remem­ber”