Suspended In A Sunbeam by Mike Roe
Performed by Mike Roe
Recorded - 12/3/17 - (headphones recommended)
Kimball Recital Hall
University of Nebraska - Lincoln: Glenn Korff School of Music
Suspended in a Sunbeam (The Pale Blue Dot)
The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph taken of the Earth by the Voyager I spacecraft from a distance of about 6 billion kilometers. As the space probe had passed Pluto, it was turned around to capture one last image of the Earth before continuing its journey beyond the solar system. In the photo, the Earth appears as a miniscule point of light, surrounded by the vast emptiness of the cosmos. The inspiration for the piece comes from a speech given by Carl Sagan about the photo:
"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."