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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Wonderful Gift

A few months ago, I commented on the amazing number of songs, poems, essays, etc. created by artists inspired by little Pluto and the sad tale of its unjust demotion. Since then, I have found another gem in the form of a CD tribute to Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh by the singer/songwriter team Richard Fey and Kevin Elias. Their song, "New Horizons: A Tribute to Clyde Tombaugh and the New Horizons Mission" (NASA's recently launched mission to Pluto, scheduled to arrive in 2015) is an uplifting, inspiring tribute with beautifully written lyrics set to an upbeat tune. No mention is made of the wrongful demotion; instead, the song recalls Tombaugh's discovery of Pluto on a winter night in 1930 and celebrates the launch of New Horizons in 2006, carrying some of the ashes of Pluto's discoverer, who died in 1997.

These artists are extremely talented and attempting to make it in the music business independently of the big record labels. Their CD would make a wonderful gift for friends and family members of all ages and not just for Pluto fans.

Anyone can listen to their demo catalogue by visiting their web site at

I ordered the CD about a month ago after being contacted by Kevin Elias' wife Siobhan and immediately fell in love with the song. Siobhan served on the municipal council of Streator, Illinois, birthplace of Clyde Tombaugh, for four years, and this past May, she played a major role in organizing a two-day Planet Pluto Festival there that was a unique combination of entertainment and education. Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of New Horizons and one of the strongest advocates of Pluto regaining its planet status, was a speaker at this event.

Not only is this CD a more meaningful gift than most of what is available in crowded shopping malls; it also carries a message of faith in dreams and infinite possibilities, a theme in tune with the season of light and hope that culminates with the birth of a New Year.

To quote the song, "You gotta believe, 'cause that's what keeps us moving on. An American dream to where no one's ever gone."

Visit and keep believing and dreaming.
Happy Holidays!