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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Space Is The Place: Sun Ra and the Sounds of Venus

It would be great if everyone who is interested at looking at Venus skipping across the sun today also gave a listen to "Rocket Number Nine Take Off To The Planet Venus."

It is a great piece of music from the Sun Ra Arkestra that presents as clearly as possible the spirit of a rocket christened Number Nine taking off to the planet Venus to considerable enthusiasm, if for no particular purpose or reason.

Sun Ra was a great jazz musician and bandleader who gave his birthplace as Saturn, and lived in Philadelphia. His band of at least a dozen musicians played a lot of gigs in New York City and got there by Amtrak, all aboard with instruments and costumes.

Sun Ra looked at the world (and the cosmos) in a great way.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

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