Playlist for a Total Eclipse of the Sun

August 20, 2017, 6:20 PM · The moon will pass over the sun in North America Monday, treating much of the country to a full solar eclipse.


Since I didn't travel to Oregon, I'll witness a partial eclipse from my vantage in Pasadena, Calif. Since I didn't get special eclipse glasses, I won't be able to look at it, but I still feel the need to celebrate this rare celestial event, so how about a nice playlist?

To explain: my idea for this playlist is to go from light to dark, back to light again. I feel especially good about having "Anakins' Theme" in there -- it musically takes us from the light to the dark side of the Force. Then, the music gets a little dramatic and scary as the moon blots out the sun, followed by some mellow and slightly gloomy music when all is dark. And after that, the sun re-emerges, like a lark ascending. Hope you enjoy!

Here's what's on the list:


August 21, 2017 at 12:41 PM · Darn it all ... I accidentally looked at your graphic without my special viewing glasses on. Now I can't read my orchestra parts.

August 21, 2017 at 03:55 PM · Oh no, why'd you do that? ;)

August 21, 2017 at 05:21 PM · Well, Laurie, I'm usually in Portland, Oregon, and I hear that at this very moment it's spectacular. However, today I'm riding a train from Essex Junction, Vermont, to Washington, D.C. I won't see much, but since they have WiFi on this train, I'll listen to your list. I'll also listen to The Beatles playing, "Here Comes The Sun".

August 21, 2017 at 05:53 PM · It's coming a bit far north for "Moon Over Miami" and a bit far south for "Moonlight In Vermont" but "Old Devil Moon" works everywhere!

I just viewed. We're supposed to get 90% here in Blacksburg. So far ... Pac-Man!

August 21, 2017 at 06:16 PM · Nice music addition and creative use of this great event!

I'm in throes of it right now and I could swear I feel a slight sensation.Like you feel when your equilibrium is slightly off.

No I haven't been drinking! ;)

August 21, 2017 at 06:52 PM · I'm right there with you, Tim. Contact buzz?

August 21, 2017 at 07:07 PM · Robert and I happened to be walking through the Cal Tech campus at 10:15 this morning, when the eclipse (partial, for us in southern California) was at its peak. The lawn was teeming with science-y fans wearing NASA-issued eclipse classes, adjusting cameras, trying to get pinhole-box contraptions to work and generally celebrating this interesting moment. I enjoyed the sickle-shaped sun shadows most, though!

August 22, 2017 at 12:32 AM · At around 10:00 a.m. this morning, I noticed that I couldn't see the sunlight very much any more, so I knew the eclipse was at its peak.

August 22, 2017 at 11:41 PM · Laurie, that playlist was a great idea. I really enjoyed the music. I would also suggest the sunrise theme from Also Spruch Zarathustra, one of my personal favorites. Thanks so much.

August 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM · The list is "endless" of what Laurie could have chosen:

Parts of Haydn's Creation

Bach's In Dulce Jubilo Prelude (Fantasia)

Shostakovich Piano Quintet

Beethoven Op 10 No 3 Slow Movement

Brahms 6th Intermezzo

Rossini William Tell overture (in its entirety might do the whole eclipse)

Schubert D887 II (for terrors of the night)



August 24, 2017 at 09:52 PM · Yes! There are so many possibilities!

August 25, 2017 at 09:23 AM · Ravel's Bolero - slow but sure!

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