The first of the billionaire trips to space happened this week, with Richard Branson of the Virgin Group being the first person to ride into a space aboard a rocket he helped fund. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, is supposed to ride in space in a a few days and then Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, is next later this year.
This news inspired this week’s song, “Out of This World.”
Billionaires are heading to space
They’ve had enough of this place
They’ve seen it all
The Earth seems so small
They’ve got no time for skeptics or critics
They set a goal, they’re gonna hit it
They’re reaching for the stars
What do you do when your dream is out of this world?
You build a spaceship and climb in
If you believe it, you can achieve it
Even when your dream is out of this world.
At this time, I only have the verse and the chorus because I wasn’t sure where to go in the second verse. Do I go with an inspiring follow-your-dream message or do I go with my first impulse of incorporating some of this week’s other headlines? Record-breaking extreme heat temperatures, wildfires burning in western U.S. states, floods in Germany that have killed more than 100 people. “Wildfires pollute the air, can they see the smoke from there?”
Since billionaires have the means to travel anywhere they want in the world (especially possible when you own an airline), I guess space travel is the next logical option when you’ve run out of places to see on Earth.
Since this is a song and not journalism, I could even go with a sci-fi movie theme with the billionaires actually exploring options of relocating to another planet since we’ve made such a mess of Earth.
I started writing the song on guitar, but ended up switching to Logic Pro to get the sounds I wanted. I only used software instruments with the word “Space” in it: Space Harp, Cosmonaut Space Capsule, Drifting in Hyperspace.
I’m not sure yet if I’ll attempt to finish this song or just keep it as is and move on, but here’s what I’ve been working on this week: