Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Sun & the other stars, an astronomical playlist

Nothing more than a playlist on Spotify, admittedly. No more than a funny game, if you want. A collaborative playlist, to be honest. In passing, it's a great thing, the simple possibility to collaborate, to work together on a given list of songs. It opens many intriguing prospectives. I do remember, one of the reason why I made the switch from Google Music to Spotify (not the only one, admittedly), was that in Google Music there was no possibility to cultivate a collaborative playlist. Too bad, for an excellent service, after all. 

Collaborative playlist, to me, it's a great way to take advantage of Internet to build up something more social that a simple list made by a given person, no matter how musical knowledge he may have accumulated into years (since music it's always broader than your inner boundaries). 

No collaborative playlist was possible in the age of vinyl...

When I was a child, when I grew up as a boy, nothing like this simply existed. I could not switch on the computer (if ever), to see what my friend are listening now, to investigate their selected playlists. Frankly speaking, the bare possibility to relate computer to music did appear rather lately, in my not-so-short history. Not to talk of the rest! 

Now, coming back to present, and from an operative point of view: if you are on Spotify also, and you want to take part in this game, you simply can add your favorite songs on the list, for everybody to listen to (and hopefully, enjoy them).

Rules are quite simple, for the selection of songs to include:
  • it must be a song that you like ;-)
  • if it is an instrumental piece, it must have the word Sun or star in the title (to be accurate, any mention of an actual star name is fully allowed)
  • if it is a classical song (with some text inside) the keywords can also be present only in the lyrics. No condition on title is then required.
It goes without saying, that every song that does not fit in the previous rules, can be eventually deleted from the playlist: you understand, while it's nothing more than a musical game, we must preserve it's peculiarity, after all.




As a matter of fact, it's all very simple, as you may see. Anyway I am becoming addicted to this series of songs that, in a way or in another, do refer to the sky and to its bright inhabitants. First thing you realise, listening a few songs from "Sun & the other star, is how great has been the amount of musical effort that has already been spent in themes also loosely related with stars. 

That's all, for now. If you want to take part in this silly little game, connect to the playlist and start adding your favorite "astronomical" songs. Do it now: the universe is just waiting, to hear this "celestial" music ;-) 

Monday, 19 November 2018

Science and poetry, nearest that ever

It's more that obvious, that in the imaginary of the people, disciplines as science and poetry may seems as distant as possible. More than distant, they in fact seems - in a superficial way of looking - as belonging to different universes. 

How can I trust in poetry to understand the real word, one may ask. 

And it may seem a fully reasonable motivation. Scienze is for the knowledge of the "objective" word, after all. Art is for the rest, for what it's connected to the "human part" of anything. 

At a second glance, it turn out that things are not so simple. One may ask, first of all, if there is a objective word, out there. I mean, a word fully independent of me as observer, a word I can investigate as completely detached from me. It's not so assured, in particular after that quantum mechanics has given us the picture of a universe much more interconnected and complicated that we believed once. 



We live a wonderful moment, after all. We live in a world where we can understand again that it exists different way of knowledge (a full spectrum of that, actually), and they are all necessary to be fully present in this word, as human being. Conversely, to restrict only to science make us partial, so that we cannot fully appreciate the gift that - basically - the universe around us do represent.

"Poetry and science are not opposed: they were not opposed at the beginnings of wonder" says the italian poet Davide Rondoni.

As Hawking once said“Physicists and poets may differ in discipline, but both seek to communicate the beauty of the world around us.”

Beauty doesn't allow us to be investigated only quantitatively. In fact, beauty deserves much more. In the present age, science and poetry can regain a wonderful proximity. They can became, in fact, nearest that ever.