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As Pluto comes into view, children’s musician puts deGrasse Tyson’s words to starry magic

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This week, detailed photos of Pluto (everyone’s favorite non-planet planet) will come pouring in via New Horizons on its billions-of-miles trip through space.
Lori Henriques, a children’s jazz pianist, composer and singer, recently read words by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about his thoughts on the universe and how everything is connected.

Via Brain Pickings:

“When I look up at the night sky and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe … the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up — many people feel small, because they’re small, the Universe is big — but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.”

Henriques used the jazz melody from “Saint James Infirmary Blues” to romanticize deGrasse Tyson’s words, which seem to be hand-picked for children.

The song, “When I Look Into the Night Sky,” and its resulting video, with silver paper stars and red galaxies, is hauntingly beautiful and bright.

Many thanks to Maria Popova and her site Brain Pickings, which truly does sort out the good from the bad on the vast interwebs.

Listen to Louis Armstrong’s dark “St. James Infirmary” to see just how vast music notes can travel.

You can also download “When I Look Into the Night Sky” with a printable coloring page for free here.

Thanks in advance to Lori Henriques, for providing more good music for my 4-year-old daughter to check out.

(for pluto)

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