Clear Desert Night

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Sweety and I planned to drive out of the city last night to try to view some of the Perseid meteor shower. 

We left home a bit before 10:00 pm and arrived at Birds Hill Provincial Park about three-quarters of an hour later. We tried viewing the sky from a few spots, including the East Beach and its parking lot, but a campfire on the beach and lights from cars wandering around the lot made it hard to see. We ended up halfway along the park’s North Drive, where we stopped in a small lot and lay beside the car on the tarmac, looking up for at least a half-hour. (I forgot to put a blanket in the car for us to lay on, so we put our jackets on the ground.) Lights from vehicle traffic were still a problem, and after a while, the sky was beginning to cloud over from the west, but the northeast part was still clear. I saw three or four meteorite trails, and we both saw one long, bright one to a chorus of, “Ooooohhhh” as we lay there taking in the show. There was a fresh-smelling, cool nighttime breeze, and crickets were sounding all around us. It was wonderful. Next time we’ll try to find a place with less lights from traffic, but it was a lovely time under the stars on a mostly clear night.

On the way home, we stopped at a McDonald’s to buy $1 ice-cream cones as a tasty (and cheap!) way to wrap up our date night and arrived home a little before midnight.

“Clear Desert Night” is a good piece through which to relive the feeling of last evening’s night sky gazing. It comes from the second disc in the 2019 re-issue of Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks by Brian and Roger Eno, and Daniel Lanois, initially made for the 1989 documentary film, For All Mankind. Due to production changes, some of the original music was replaced with different pieces by Eno and others. 

The second disc, from which today’s selection comes, was the trio’s “re-imagining” of the soundtrack. It was part of the expanding and remastering of the album to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. The second post on this blog, “Deep Blue Day,” comes from the same album. 

Birds Hill Park isn’t a desert by any means; it features native prairie grasslands, oak and aspen forests, a human-made lake, and hills and ridges formed in the glacial age. I’ve mentioned the park several times before, and have talked about cycling the perimeter of the park in the early spring when city roads and paths are not yet clear and safe enough for riding.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy. (And if you enjoyed this post, please click the “like” button or, better yet, leave a comment below with your thoughts — I’d love to hear from you!)

Here is the audio for the song from Brian Eno’s official YouTube channel. Please remember to click on “thumbs-up” on the video if you appreciated the artist’s work. 

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