Sunday, September 9, 2018

Pluto Protest Song

Ripped from the headlines! Or something. I picked up my guitar about a week ago for the first time in ages. I thought I might write a song today on a particular subject, but instead I wrote one about something else. I was spurred by the ongoing unrest over whether Pluto should be called a planet or not. I could go on at length about my feelings, but I seem to have written an under-two minute song instead.  It's kind of pointed, but I'm not referring to actual people just kind of the overall gestalt that's surrounding the issue. If you feel called out (or think I'm calling someone out), it's not intentional.

Enjoy, or whatever. :)  There are a few seconds of silence prior to things kicking off.

Pluto Protest Song (demo, take 0) 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Two Covers from Dr. Lüst

Just back from a long trip, and still settling back in. I've had a couple of reminders of songs that we used to do in Dr. Lüst and the Chiefs of the European Space Agency, so if only to get the earworms out of my head, here are our cover versions of the two songs I heard out in the wild recently, recorded something like 27-28 years ago:

Here Comes Your Man (at WMBR)
Feel A Whole Lot Better (at the 1991 East Campus Picnic)

I sing the first one, Pat sings the second (though you can hear Pat give the intro to the first and my backing vocals on the second). We tried to make up in energy what we lacked with skill. Whether we succeeded or not I can't say, but we had fun trying. :) 

Saturday, December 30, 2017


Several weeks ago a very unusual object was discovered. First thought to be a comet from the outer reaches of the solar system, it was found to not really be either one: it didn't show any cometary activity (and was thus an asteroid), and its orbit was clearly hyperbolic (and this it wasn't from our solar system but from a different solar system).  This spurred a whole lot of interest and excitement from the small bodies community, and a whole lot of people writing up papers about their results and ideas.

I didn't want to be left out of the fun. I had an idea that I thought might make an interesting paper, but I found the idea had already been tackled by some smart folks.  So I thought maybe I'd write a song instead.

With that, here's the song about the object, which has been named 'Oumuamua:
'Oumuamua (solo demo)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Live in Provo!

For the third consecutive year the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting, our professional society, held and Open Mic Night. And for the third consecutive year I performed. I opened the first two shows, this time I was the last act before the finale. I used my smartphone to record my set, and after very light editing I'm including three of the songs below.  Enjoy! :)

When Doves Cry
One Week In Provo
The Waiting 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hashtag Leave Me Alone

I've had very little time to pick my guitar lately, which is too bad. However, I'm starting to think it may be time to start recording again.

In that spirit, here's a very recent one of mine for you. It's still a work in progress.  It may be way too lyrically gimmicky to be any good, but at least it's fun. :)

Hashtag Leave Me Alone

Friday, June 30, 2017

Asteroid Day 2017!!

So, hey.  It's Asteroid Day.  There's a UN Resolution and everything. I study asteroids for a living, but since this is my music/poetry blog I figure I should point to that here.

Music-wise, The Gedankenband and I have put out a few asteroid-related songs:
Sing A Song Of Ceres (from This Is My Circus, These Are My Monkeys)
Down on Vesta (from Local Technique)
Marco Polo (for a nearly-successful ESA asteroid mission proposal)
The MANTIS Song (for an asteroid mission concept we've been working on)

Since 2012 I've mostly done astropoetry for National Poetry Writing Month. I've done a slew of asteroid-related poems, I'll just pick out a few below to point to, and apologize for any broken image links:

The Keyhole Is Open (2012)
Part of Something Larger (2013)
Unreflective and Blue? (2013)
The Waterless Beach (2013)
Children of the Fire God (2014)
Code Names (2014)
Working Scenarios (2015)
Light Is A Bully (2016)
What Not To Expect (2016)
The Farm-Sized Asteroid (2017)

Enjoy!  :)

Friday, April 21, 2017

When U Were Mine

A year ago today, Prince passed away.  It was the middle of National Poetry Writing Month, and while I marked his passing on Twitter by pointing to a Prince song I recorded in 2011, I didn't do anything here.

This year I seem to be posting poems to Twitter (at least for now), and I figured I should give him a tiny amount of his due here. So, I pounded out this Prince-penned classic, which was probably better known as a Cyndi Lauper song until it appeared on Prince's Hits album set.


When U Were Mine