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Space & Time

by Alan Cohen Experience

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Introduction 01:54
"...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
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"
Einstein 02:48
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
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
Black Hole 03:01
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 Singularity 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?
...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...
Dreaming 02:47
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
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...
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!
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
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
Conclusion 01:58
"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


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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmixAF5jxFw


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.

For videos and other wonderful things, please visit www.alancohenexperience.com

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