When we asked musician Reese Lansangan to send us a list of recommendations for this week’s Megaphone, she was still over the moon about NASA (yes, that NASA) featuring her in some of their videos.
The space agency recently used videos of her performing her aptly-titled A Song About Space to promote their latest rocket launch. Reese has always been obsessed with outer space — A Song About Space is her “open letter to the universe” and a way for her to express her curiosity for that “innate fascination with what’s beyond us.”
Here are Reese’s top space-related films, books, music, and videos related those times you just want to escape to the stars.
Space Odyssey (2001)
This movie is a classic for a reason. Partly frightening, mostly awe-inspiring, this movie’s ideas of space flight has influenced my creative work over the years.
It’s a marvel how a short story I love so much has been turned into an amazing movie. Alien language is not the easiest thing to depict visually but they definitely rose to the challenge and gave me something believable.
I just love Nolan and I love his concept of time and space in this movie.
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Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
[Ted Chiang] is my favorite science fiction writer. This is the book where the story of Arrival was taken from.
Planetes by Makoto Yukimura
Always game for a manga about space flight. Sign me up.
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
This explores a lot of mind-boggling questions about space in a hilarious, lighthearted manner. This is Mary Roach’s signature and my first book that I ever read of hers.
Moon River (Jacob Collier version)
Jacob Collier is a guy I want to keep as my keychain. He’s insanely talented as a musician and the joy that he has for music just exudes every single time I hear him sing, play, or speak. This Grammy-winning arrangement he did for Moon River is just beyond anything I can ever imagine. What a guy.
In Your Atmosphere (performed by John Mayer at Where the Light Is tour in LA, 2008)
I’ve always wondered why this track was never officially released. It’s a tender, heartbreaking acoustic number that just reminds me of loneliness in the most beautiful way possible.
Chris Hadfield on savage mode and spills the truth about the impossible storytelling that some iconic space movies have given us over the years. Enjoyed watching this, but the channel series featuring different field experts is worth delving into as well.
One of my favorite corners of the internet: educational, thought-provoking videos with a slice of humor. I’ve always been enamored by the Golden Record and this is just such a fun video playing around with the concept of distilling our humanity for aliens.
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