Space & Time

by Alan Cohen Experience

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Al·an Co·hen Ex·pe·ri·ence [al-uh n koh-uh n ik-speer-ee-un ns] -noun

The Alan Cohen Experience is a collaboration largely between Alan Cohen & Seth Kroll, but often includes other musicians, producers, and friends. It is a vehicle to showcase song writing and recording, as well as music and comedy videos. Concept albums have always been at the foundation of the Alan Cohen Experience, and “Space & Time” represents the second effort in this endeavor. Alan was so surprised at how poetic Stephen Hawking was able to portray theoretical physics, that he felt he needed to poetically interpret the poeticism in musical form. Instead of creating a universe-destroying paradox, he recorded his best album yet. Go figure.

A note from Alan:

My new album is called "Space & Time". I read Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" and wrote a song for each chapter. Good folks, this is my follow-up to the "Revolutions" concept album I recorded in my basement a few years ago. This one was recorded with Tony Goddess in Gloucester, MA. See Tony play a steel guitar with his band Papas Fritas here:


released August 31, 2010

All lyrics and music by Alan Cohen, except "Introduction" quotes by John F. Kennedy during his speech to Rice University on September 12, 1962, and "Conclusion" quotes from “A Brief History of Time”, used by permission of Stephen Hawking.

All sounds produced by Alan Cohen & Tony Goddess except drummers Eric Anderson (tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12), Phil Trembley (track 3), and Dennis Monagle (tracks 2, 5, 9). Produced by Tony Goddess & Alan Cohen. Engineered and mixed by Tony Goddess (Bang-A-Song). Mastered by Nathan James, The Vault Mastering Studios, NYC.

Front cover: Will the Universe Continue to Expand Forever? by Matt Theodhos

Layout by Lauren Kushner

Thank You... The Cohen Family, Hilla Israeli, Seth Kroll, Tony Goddess, Gary Laurie, Janelle Rogers, Heather Wisniewski, Matt Theodhos, Charlene Pulsonetti, Eric Anderson, Phil Trembley, Dennis Monagle, Avi Wisnia, Shawn Fogel, Ethan Dropkin, Liz Kushner, Michelle Cooper, Emily Tabak, Hillary Cohen, Ryan Pressman, Jessie Podell, Dan Levine, Matt Ross, Ben Halperin, Todd Ryan, Bryan Janson, Adam Austin, David Barratt, everyone who supports my live show, and Roger Greenawalt.

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Track Name: Introduction
"...for we meet in an hour of change and challenge, in a decade of hope and fear, in an age of both knowledge and ignorance. The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds."

"Despite the striking fact that most of the scientists that the world has ever known are alive and working today... the vast stretches of the unknown and the unanswered and the unfinished still far outstrip our collective comprehension."

"No man can fully grasp how far and how fast we have come, but..."

"...[If] our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred. The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join it or not
and it is one of the great adventures of all time..."

-John F. Kennedy, 1962
Track Name: Is It Infinite?
Is it infinite?
I don't know
If you get to the end, where do you go?

Aristotle's model had the earth as a sphere
But he thought that the world stayed stationary year to year

Newton showed to the world gravity
But Einstein said relative time is how it has to be

Copernicus said that we all go around the sun
Alan Cohen said that, "This revolution's never done"
Track Name: Einstein

He proved that time's not absolute
Made Newton's theory partially moot

Said light moves at a constant rate
But it exists in a dual state

Said gravity is not divine
It has an effect on time

Einstein, he's got a fine mind
Track Name: The Uncertainty Principle
Quantum Mechanics, inescapable
Paths untraceable
God's a gambling man

Unavoidable unpredictability
Atomic energy
God's a gambling man

You can't tell us what to do now
You can't tell us where to be now
Forget determinism, our principle's uncertainty
Track Name: Black Hole
Bubble and burst
Things can be worse
You can be a White Dwarf, a burnout, or a curse

Collapse on yourself
You life's reached its shelf
You are invisible now, no light can escape

You are a Black Hole
Stars will orbit you
You are a Black Hole
In what shape are you?

Event horizon
It's what's left to see
It's a boundary, no light can escape

Infinite density
And space time curvature

You are a Black Hole
Stars will orbit you
You are a Black Hole
In what shape are you?
Track Name: The Universe is Expanding
...the universe is expanding...

Luminosity is a factor of distance
How bright is that star?
It seems so very far away

The spectrum of light is a factor of the temperature
How much is that heat?
Infrared is out of what we can see

Colors are a factor of the elements
Ain't got no blues
That provides us with important clues

The stars have a red shift
Cosmic radiation is always with us

...the universe is expanding...
Track Name: Dreaming
It's a Spring day
My mind slips away
I'm dreaming...

Thinking about when the world starts
And where the universe falls apart

I'm tapping my toes
I'm scratching my nose
I'm dreaming...

Thinking about stars in the sky
And beautiful nights awake

I ain't got no troubles, Babe
And that's why I'm smiling
Track Name: Arrows of Time
Stars are falling behind
Sun rays reflect on a good nights time
Pointing to the cosmos trying to understand what we see
Sitting here, just you and me

Our times perfectly align
Visions pointedly sit in our minds
Feels like we're moving backwards in time
Our past is our future and I don't mind

Arrows of time...

Stars are falling behind
Sun rays reflect on a good nights time
Talking about the future and what it will be
Making up answers based on what I see

Our times perfectly align
Visions pointedly sit in our minds
Feels like we're moving backwards in time
Our past is our future and I don't mind

Arrows of time...
Track Name: Madam I'm Atom
Oh Madam, let's talk about the atom:

What are quarks?
What is a quark?
Are they part of a force?
Do they provide us a force?
Can they be split?
Can they be split?
Would we feel it?
How would we feel it?
Too small to be seen?
So small to be seen!
Track Name: A Dark Beauty
Spinning out of control
A dark beauty without a soul
She has no place to go
You can see her from below
The universe is her home

Lights go out in her home
Time moves forward alone
She has nowhere to roam
You can see her from below
The universe is her home
Track Name: The Unification Song
Come with me
To the end of our Galaxy
Unify with me

Dance with me
We'll define gravity
We'll defy infinity

The stars are our playground
The planets are hanging around
The forces that bind us
String us along

They sing to us a song
They want us to sing along
The forces that bind us
String us along
Track Name: Conclusion
"We find ourselves in a bewildering world. We want to make sense of what we see around us and to ask: What is the nature of the universe? What is our place in it and where did it and we come from? Why is it the way it is?"

"...if we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason. For then we would know the mind of God."

-Stephen Hawking, 1988

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