“Can you feel music more if you are inside of it? As a non-musician of many years it is something I’ve wondered. You don’t have to make music to get it, obviously—in fact distancing yourself from the process, or from the scene, offers necessary and valuable perspective. Even for the most skeptical of non-musicians, the divide between “musician” and “fan” can sometimes make what an artist does seem like magic. But that line is so slim. It doesn’t take much to destroy. Setting the question of technical skill aside, why does one creative person find an instrument or voice, and not another? Are today’s best musical ideas inside the minds of people too careerist for music? What if Patti was like, “Hey Lenny, on second thought, I’ll just read the poems alone…””—
Apollo 8 - that was the first time anybody ever left Earth with a destination in mind. Yeah, it figure-eighted around the Moon. The photo of Earth rising over the lunar landscape, we all know it: “Earthrise Over the Moon.” There was Earth, seen not as the mapmaker would have you identify it. No, the countries were not color-coded with boundaries; it was seen as nature intended it to be viewed. Oceans, land, clouds. We went to the Moon, and we discovered Earth.
I claim we discovered Earth for the first time. How does that affect culture? I got a list! The instant that photo comes out, THAT is the identifying cover picture of The Whole Earth Catalog, thinking about Earth as a whole. Not as a place where nations war, as a whole. 1970: The Comprehensive Clean Air Act is passed. Earth Day was birthed March, 1970. The Environmental Protection Agency was founded in 1970. The organization Doctors Without Borders in 1971. Where do you even get that phrase from?! No one thought of that phrase before that photo was published. Because every globe in your classroom has countries painted on it. DDT got banned in 1972. We’re still going to the Moon; we’re still looking back to Earth. Clean Water Act, 1971. 1972: Endangered Species Act, the catalytic converted gets put in in 1973, unleaded gas, 1973. We’re still at war in Vietnam, there’s still campus unrest, yet we found the time to start thinking about Earth.
That is space operating on our culture and you cannot even put a price on that. That is… that is a nation, that is a world, reacting to a new perspective on what it is to be alive on this planet that we all share. We need to look at NASA not as a handout, but as an investment, because as goes the health of spacefaring ambitions, so too goes the spiritual, the emotional, the intellectual, the creative, and the economic ambitions of a nation.
“I think that for young sad girls on the internet to hear another sad girl their own age being really productive and making songs is a positive influence. Instead of just being depressed, do something with that depression. I hope people hear my songs and realize that writing music is kind of easy. Or that taking your sadness and turning it into a beautiful song is worthwhile.”—Prodigious 19-year-old singer/songwriter Greta Kline—aka Frankie Cosmos—is our latest Rising act. Read Jenn Pelly’s interview. (via pitchfork)