Sunday, June 20

Lights in the Sky: When Music Sees UFOs | Babelia

The United States Department of Defense announced a few weeks ago that it is about to release a report on UFO sightings and encounters. To limit the enthusiasm and that nobody starts thinking about aliens, Barack Obama has warned that “what is true, and I mean it very seriously, is that there are recordings and records of objects in the sky that we do not know exactly what they are. ”. The statement is tautological funny, but it shows that the officers are always the last to recognize what everyone has accepted.

Has everyone seen a UFO? A month ago, for several nights in a row, an orderly row of small lights could be seen from different parts of the planet, including Spain, moving across the sky at constant speed. They quickly became identified as the satellites that Elon Musk has put into orbit. Sightings for everyone – there are even One page web in which you can see when to see the next step of the procession, which ends with the fundamental surprise factor. While astronomers have complained that Musk uses space as his home garden, The Rentals have dedicated the song to him. Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad, in which they ask “Oh, Elon, let me be the first of your civilization to be saved.”

When we lived in that world in which the encounter with the inexplicable could not be planned, the mysterious lights were already greeting us from the sky. Airmen of World War II would occasionally encounter small lights following them. They were called foo fighters, which is the name Dave Grohl chose for his band after Nirvana. In his song Learn to Fly They put their hope of salvation in something bigger than Musk: “I’m waiting for heaven to save me, waiting for a sign of life.” A) Yes, Signs of life, is called the song in which Franco Battiato warns that “time changes many things in life” and mentions the “sounds that make the stars in the background / cosmic space is getting bigger / and galaxies are moving away”.

Wild Signals is part of the soundtrack that John Williams composed for the Spielberg film Encounters in the third phase, in which the character played by François Truffaut is inspired by perhaps the most famous ufologist of all: Jacques Vallée. In his 1969 essay Passport to Magonia, Vallée includes subjective perception as a determining factor in the sightings, which would be an internal as well as an external phenomenon and which, before manifesting as flying saucers, have done so as faerie beings or as phantasmagorical caravels, according to the dominant myth of each era. Terry O’Brien, or Anomalous Disturbances, dedicates a song to it. In medieval legends, Magonia is a kingdom in the clouds where ghost sailors live and brutal naval battles take place, sometimes visible from here. On board a ghost ship he walks his sentence The Flying Dutchman of Wagner and some of these visions has the song of Cat Stevens Longer Boats, which announces in a messianic tone that “longer ships are coming to beat us” and that “they will take the key out of the door. It is there that the battles that Ulrike Haage sings based on the poems of Etel Adnan take place.

If Vikings and harbor dwellers saw floating ships, herds of red-eyed cows led by otherworldly cowboys could be seen in the clouds over the North American prairies. This vision is what the song remembers (Ghost) Riders in the Sky, who has known many versions such as the sidereal The Space Lady or Raphael, capable of making the stupor change sides. Riders on the Stormby the Doors appears to be a variation on this song that Stan Jones wrote.

An inexplicable light is the one followed by the magicians of the East and recalled by Diego Clavel in one of his Flamenco songs: A star has stopped. To Star of Bethlehem The Brazilian Diana Pequeno also sings to him. Other stars sing Branka (Shooting star) and Ana Bacalhau (afternoon star), because the lights of the sky, although they do not indicate anything, because they are unreachable and enigmatic, they inspire us in dreamy states and make us sing. It is what it does in The lights of the sky Paule Tremblay, while the Brazilian Deltazero dedicates him to the Light in the sky a subject without words.

There are those who openly confess their encounter with the aliens, such as Lunar Apprentices in O.V.N.I. or Radiohead on Subterranean Homesick Alien. Mastretta is happy: Finally the UFOs! Graham Parker has not been so lucky, but says he would like to see them in Waiting for the UFO’s. It Came Out of the Sky, from Creedence Clearwater Revival, explains what happens when something weird lands (“The White House said let’s take the thing to the Blue Room / The Vatican said no way, it belongs to Rome”). Sufjan Stevens dedicates a song to the sightings that took place in Highland, Illinois, in January 2000.

Another famous case took place in 1957 in Levelland, a small Texas town to which James McMurtry dedicates a song. In Idaho falls the UFO that the Ramones celebrate in Zero Zero UFO. Perhaps the most famous of all was the one in Roswell, New Mexico, where in 1947 the air forces are supposed to have collected bodies of dead aliens that they keep somewhere. Fog Lake dedicates a song to him. Blondie remembers the unexplained cases that take place in the Bermuda Triangle, while Joe Tindley dedicates a memory to Area 51, in Nevada, where everything that happens is classified as Top Secret.

Finally, Hernán Casciari warns us that UFOs are us. It may be that wherever we look, also at the sky, we will never stop seeing each other.

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