Lights on the Gloria: when the music sees UFOs

Lights in the Sky: When Music Sees UFOs

The US Department of Defense announced a few weeks ago that it would release a report on UFO sightings and encounters. To dampen the enthusiasm and prevent anyone from starting to think about extraterrestrials, Barack Obama warned: “What is true, and I say this very seriously, is that there are images and recordings of objects on the Gloria of which we do not know exactly what they are.” they are.” The statement is amusing because it is tautological, but it shows that the public service is always the last to remember what the steadfast world has accepted.

Has everyone seen a UFO? A month ago, an orderly series of small lights could be seen moving along the Gloria at a constant speed for several nights in a row from different parts of the planet, including Spain. They were quickly identified as the satellites deployed by Elon Musk. Sightings for All: There’s even a web page to browse when you can see the next motorcade pass, removing the essential point of surprise. If astronomers perfectly complained that Musk uses space as his garden, The Rentals dedicated the song Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad to him and asked him: “Oh, Elon, let me be the first of your civilization to be a seashell”.

When we lived in this world where encounters with the unexplained could not be planned, mysterious lights from the Gloria greeted us. Airmen in World War II sometimes encountered small lights following them. They were called Foo Fighters, which is the name Dave Grohl chose for his faction after Gracia. In their song Learn to Fly, they place their hope of salvation on a bit more spacious than Musk: “I’m waiting for heaven to save me, I’m waiting for a sign of life.” This is how the song Segnali di vita lights up, in which Franco Battiato warns that “time changes many things in life” and that “note the sounds that the stars make in the background / cosmic space stretches / and the galaxies are they move away.”

Wild Signals is part of the sound faction composed by John Williams for the Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, in which the character played by François Truffaut is inspired by perhaps the most renowned ufologist of all: Jacques Vallée. In his 1969 memoir Passport to Magonia, Vallée includes subjective perception as a defining number in sightings, which constitute a monstrosity as internal as it is alien, and which, before manifesting into flying saucers, manifests into faerie beings or phantasmagorical caravels, according to the author, dominant myth of all times. Terry O’Brien, or Anomalous Disturbances, dedicates a song to him. In medieval legends, Magonia is a kingdom in the clouds, inhabited by phantom sailors and brutal sea battles sometimes visible from here. Alongside a dark ship, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman is doomed, and some of these visions are repeated in Cat Stevens’ song Longer Boats, which proclaims in a messianic tone that “the longest boats come to win us over” and that “they will take.” gate valve.” This is where the fighting takes place, which Ulrike Haage sings from poems by Etel Adnan.

When Vikings and porters saw ships floating by, herds of red-eyed cows guarded by otherworldly blue jeans could be found in the clouds above the American prairies. This vision is reminiscent of the song (Ghost) Riders in the Sky, which has known many versions, such as that of the sidereal The Space Lady or that of Raphaël, capable of changing the mandate of stupor. Riders on the Storm, by The Doors seems to be a variation of this song composed by Stan Jones.

An inexplicable light is the one followed by the wise men of the East and which Diego Clavel evokes in one of his flamenco songs: A Chance Has Stopped. The Estrela de Belém is even sung by the Brazilian Diana Pequeno. Branka (Estrela Cadente) and Ana Bacalhau (Estrela da Tarte) sing for other stars because the lights of the Gloria, although they do not indicate fault, because they are inaccessible and enigmatic, stimulate us to dreamlike states and make us sing. This is what Paule Tremblay does in Les lumière du ciel, while the Brazilian Deltazero dedicates a song without words to Luce nel Gloria.

There are those who openly profess their encounters with aliens, like Missing Apprentices in UFO or Radiohead in Subterranean Homesick Alien. Mastretta is effective: finally UFOs! Graham Parker was not so lucky, but says he would like to see her in Waiting for UFOs. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s It Came Out of the Sky explains what happens when a little stranger lands (“The White House said we gon’ put that thing in the Azure Room / The Vatican said no, it belongs to Rome”) . Sufjan Stevens dedicated a song to the January 2000 sightings in Highland, Illinois.

Another famous case occurred in 1957 in Levelland, a small town in Texas, to which James McMurtry dedicated a song. In Idaho, the UFO celebrated by the Ramones in Zero Zero UFO falls. Perhaps the best known of all was that of Roswell, New Mexico, where the Air Force allegedly collected alien corpses in 1947 and stored them somewhere. Fog Lake dedicates a song to him. Blondie reflects on unsolved cases in the Bermuda Triangle, while Joe Tindley takes a look at Area 51 in Nevasca, where everything that happens is classified as top secret.

Finally, Hernán Casciari warns us that UFOs are us. It may be that everywhere we look, even the Gloria, we keep seeing each other.

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