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The Waterboys, “An Appointment With Mr. Yeats” (Proper American)
This album sounds much better than the concept. The Waterboys’ Mike Scott has written 14 songs using the poetry of W.B. Yeats, and the collaboration shouldn’t work — not with such lyrics as “Man-stealer Niamh leant and sighed by Oisin on the grass.”
But Scott pulls it off. His rootsy, melodic Gaelic pop, with nods to Coldplay, Sting and Mark Knopfler, magnifies the beauty of Yeats’ words and makes them new again.
Scott, the son of a university lecturer in English literature, has been working on these songs for a couple of decades. His devotion to the project shows with an impressive variety of musical approaches.
“Mad as the Mist and Snow” becomes an arena-ready bluesy jig, while “The Faery’s Last Song” serves as a lilting benediction. And then there’s “News for the Delphic Oracle,” which ends with nymphs and satyrs in the throes of passion in the foamy sea. Very rock ‘n’ roll.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.