Mary Lattimore Pays Tribute To Astronaut Scott Kelly

Mary Lattimore Pays Tribute To Astronaut Scott Kelly

Last year, harpist Mary Lattimore took a spill and broke her jaw. That might not have halted her progress as a musician, but she did have to have her jaw wired shut for it to heal properly, rendering her effectively mute for a few months. It's an isolating experience, not being able to communicate like you normally would. Lattimore found some solace in the guise of Scott Kelly, the American astronaut who spent a full year aboard the International Space Station. While Kelly wasn't alone and was able to send messages and tweets from outer space—including tracking the progress of his orange zinnia, the first plant ever grown not on Earth—he was still cut off from a lot of necessary personal interactions and communication. Relating to and being inspired by Kelly's experiences, Lattimore composed this emotional tribute to the man as he returned back to our planet this past spring. True to the spirit of her muse, on "For Scott Kelly, Returned to Earth," the harpist evokes this feeling of being free of gravity, awestruck at the beautiful blue planet floating outside the window, and cut through with that haunted sensation of wanting to be among your fellow humans. Listen to the song below, and also watch a short animated clip for it by John Andrews.

The track features on Returned to Earth, a cassette out January 1 on Soap Library (it comes with an envelope of heirloom orange zinnia seeds). Pre-order it now.

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