"Our poets do not write about it; Our artists do not try to portray this
remarkable thing. I don't know why. Is no one inspired by our present picture of the
universe? The value of science remains unsung by singers: you are reduced to
hearing not a song or poem, but an evening lecture about it. This is not yet a
For instance, if the topic of the day is "Black Holes", I start out class with the Black Hole Song. During class, when we get to the topic of "ergospheres" I explain to them about the cosmonaut we heard about earlier encountering that very region around a spinning black hole. When I talk about cosmology, The Grand Scheme of Things sets the stage for the more descriptive lecture to follow. So the music can be scripted with the lecture.
I also show up one day a semester with all my guitars and my amplifier and have a "concert class" where I perform the astronomy slongs live. Students frequently comment on the music in my faculty evaluations at the end of the semester. Comments such as: “… and I loved that he sang his galactic songs …”; “I love your guitar and singing session!!”; “Amazing teacher and great music”; “… Webb rocks and so does astronomy” are frequent. I have also received numerous positive comments about the music after concerts at star parties and planetarium shows as well.