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by Bette Korber & Lisa Carman

Americana, singer songwriter, ballad, history.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Luminous
Bette Korber & Lisa Carman
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Album Notes
I write songs that tell stories, of people and places that move me. I was reading about astronomy, trying to understand what I could about how we (collectively) know what we know about the universe. As I read, I discovered the work of four amazing women whose ideas helped shaped the way we understand the cosmos:

Henrietta Leavitt (Leavitt’s law, period-luminosity relation allowing us to measure the relative distance to stars),
Cecilia Payne (Composition of stars and the sun),
Vera Rubin (Dark Matter),
Beatrice "Beetle" Tinsley (Galactic evolution and the expanding universe)

The work of these fine women was new to me, but of course they are not forgotten among astronomers and those enjoy the history of science -- there is rich information about them available for the curious in terms of biography, essays, and letters. There are lonely craters on the moon, and asteroids streaking through the dark and cold of space, that bear their names. A mountain peak in New Zealand was favored with the name Mount Tinsley. Even better, one can find them in the clear beautiful trails of understanding they left in scientific literature. But as far as I could tell, they were "unsung". So I fixed that. I'm blessed to be able to collaborate with wonderful musicians who lift up my songs and give them some grace. This song comes to you from:

Lyrics by Bette Korber
Music by Bette Korber and Lisa Carman
Lead Vocal: Lisa Carman
Guitar: Bette Korber
Mandolin: Jimmie Killingsworth
Banjo: Peter Oviatt
(Peter's and Jimmie's music is so entwined it flows together as one sweet shining stream through this song)
Violin: Karina Wilson
Bass: Justin Bransford
Harmony Vocal: Adrienne Bellis
Drums and Percussion: Paul Pearcy
Sound Engineer: Jono Manson (Kitchen Sink Studio: Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Mastering: Michael MacDonald (AlgoRythms Mastering: Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Producers: Bette Korber and Lisa Carman (Lisa's at She Sings Studio: Santa Fe, New Mexico & Bozeman, Montana)

There is a moment of quiet at the end of the song, Karina's fiddle sings us out, then there is silence, then her fiddle whispers back in. The silence between the fiddle lines is a wordless line of the song. It is for Vera Rubin, a Quiet to remember the many many long cold nights she spent in the high peaks of Arizona, minding the great telescopes, her mind in the stars of a dark sky, her thoughts entering distant galaxies. Observing.

The cover picture is Andromeda, Messier 31, our closest neighboring galaxy. It was taken from the GALEX orbiter telescope, in September, 2003. Photo credit: NASA, JPL, and California Institute of Technology. Andromeda is where Vera Rubin and her colleague Kent Ford first discovered dark matter, although they didn't understand what they had discovered right away. Beatrice Tinsley's last paper was, in part, focused on Andromeda.

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