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A tribute to Carl Sagan

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I confess I haven't been listening to Nightwish since Tarja left the band. I always thought that her vocals were vital to the sound. I'm not a metal-head, but I always liked Nightwish, because I like the combination of oprea loke vocals and guitar riffs.

The latest single caught my attention though. The B-Side of their current single "√Član" is called Sagan, and it is a tribute to the great Carl Sagan, and his contribution in popularising cosmology to a wide public.

I think it's wonderful, that Sagan has made such an impact to our society. that a heavy-metal band makes a song about him. Sagan's speeches still move and inspire generations, although his groundbreaking series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was fimed 35 years ago.

Swedish artist Erik Wernquist just recently published a stunningly beautiful short film called Wanderes, based on one of Sagan's texts.

Nightwish didn't stop there however. Their new album is a conceptual album, dedicated to Charles Darwin, and the theory of evolution. They have Prof. Richard Dawkins as a guest on this album (probably not singing though), The album, which will be available in the UK on March 30th, 2015, is called Endless Forms Most Beautiful, which is a direct quote from the finishing paragraph in Charles Darwin's On The Origins Of Species

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

Charles Darwin, On the Origin Of Species by Means of Natrural Selection

I think it's great, that a rock band tries to tackle a scientific topic, and I'm really looking forward to listening to the album.

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