There are so many singers, songwriters, and bands inspired by astronomy or spaceflight. Just think back to the theme song to the TV series “The Big Bang Theory” by The Barenaked Ladies, or Elton John’s “Rocket Man” to name a few. But there are also professional astronomers out there who use science to inspire their own music.
James Webb is a professor of physics at FIU as well as the director and prime mover behind the funding and construction of the Stocker Astroscience Center on campus. In addition to teaching astrophysics classes at all levels and supervising graduate students up to Ph.D. level, Dr. Webb is also an accomplished musician/singer/songwriter.
In spite of Webb growing up in the musically rich decades of the 1960s and 70s, he had wished for more songs with astronomically meaningful content. So he set about writing and singing his own songs on cosmology and the importance of science in the world today.
Webb then teamed up with Keith Morrison of Kokopelli Recording Studios in Miami to record his songs. They later recorded and produced Reaching for the Stars, the eclectic mix album, which takes you on a voyage through the evolution of the universe.
James Webb is passionate about his work, and can often be found playing his music at different venues, such as planetariums and science museums, in addition to hosting concerts at the Stocker Astroscience Center. Feel free to attend and support!
Read the full article on Sky and Telescope here.