Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Grand Voyager

"Grand Voyager- Laney Flea Market" Oakland, CA 2009
(photo by uri korn)

This musician was playing at the Laney Flea Market in Oakland-
his sign reads

"The melodies I am performing is among China's ten best with the instrument (chinese violin)-these two called "Pleasant Evening" and "Moon Reflection of Twin Springs" were selected as world famous folk songs and were broadcast from a Universal Space Ship.
The music is beautiful and moving."

He is referring to the Voyager space ship which was launched into space in 1977 by NASA to travel the cosmos with "The Golden Record"- It included many interesting songs from around the world, as well as information, diagrams, photos and paintings about the human race for any extraterrestrial life forms who may find it in the future. Among images included was a photo by Ansel Adams of the Golden Gate Bridge & another photo by Magnum Photographer Wayne Miller titled "Birth". Miller assisted on and helped to organize the famous photography exhibit "Family of Man" in 1955 at the Museum of Modern Art, which was curated by Edward Steichen, and was a huge photography exhibit attempting to encompass all aspects of human life- including an early photograph of the Milky Way.

"This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours." - President Jimmy Carter 1977

Note: click on the above photo to enlarge and notice the van parked behind the musician is a Chrysler "GRAND VOYAGER"

see the link here to the wikipedia page about it
here is the NASA link


  1. Awesome story & photo to accompany. I think there's a Beatles song on that Golden Record, "Across the Universe" how appropriate. Didn't remember about all the other stuff. Now I know & knowing is half the battle.

  2. This is amazing & sad to me. You can see he has such love & integrity for his culture yet it's a trunk roadside display. I love the emotion caught, the subject, & everything about this piece.

  3. I don't know if it makes me sad, but he's right, the music is beautiful and moving! I thought so today & everytime i'm down there i keep circling back to listen a bit longer. I like hearing it over and through the other noises.
    Very nice story & photo!