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Timeliness and timelessness.

Photo by Laurie Spiegel (Click for her Instagram)

There are two reasons why I can’t help thinking of a rocket shooting past a star when I look at this photo. First, the obvious: the pencil and clamp ferrule kind of look like a rocket, and the flash (or reflected lamp) looks like a bright star.

The other reason? Because this Blackwing belongs to composer Laurie Spiegel, whose piece Harmonices Mundi (The Harmony of the World) is, at this very moment, on two Golden Records speeding toward interstellar space aboard Voyager I and Voyager II.

It might just be me, but there is something about this photograph that is unimaginably hopeful.

Thanks to Laurie for sharing this photo, and for all the other gifts she’s given us.