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This was one of my very favorite trio improvs from this tour. It was at Stanford University, where Rod C. Taylor hosted us and we played for nice room full of inquisitive students.

I had seen a poster on the bathroom wall at Preston's house a few nights earlier, it was the Pale Blue Dot photo of Earth taken by Voyager I when it reached the edge of the solar system, at Carl Sagan's request to NASA. The poster also contained a quote from Sagan's book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space." I was so moved by the quote, I wanted to adapt and sing it. By the time we got to Stanford, I had come up with a lyrical adaptation. And of course what more perfect place to sing Carl Sagan. Of course, who knew whether it would be the right moment, musically speaking. But when Steve and Daniel invited me up, they started making bleepy blorpy space sounds, and I almost laughed out loud from sheer delight. Synchronicity FTW. Thanks for the light, Carl.

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look again at that pale blue dot
that's here that's home that's us
everyone you've ever loved
everyone who ever was
all our joys
all our sorrows
all our wars
and celebrations
everything we destroy
all our creations
brothers and lovers
every hopeful child
heroes inventors
shepherds and kings
dance across a speck of dust
suspended in a sunbeam
all our rivers of blood
spilled by momentary masters
of a fraction of a dot
from their halls of alabaster
on a tiny stage
cosmic dark enveloping
oh who will come
to save us from ourselves
only human kindness
there's nowhere to go
look again at that pale blue dot
only home we've ever known

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from For Now, released November 26, 2013

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Artemis San Francisco

Spectral keyboard washes and sinuous dance beats set up a feeling of warm alienation while Artemis’s voice heats things further. Over the thump and shimmer, she croons with detached fervor, the music dissolving in a storm of pixie-dust disco until a rude riot of effects snaps the tether and she vanishes. ... more

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