Monday, February 14, 2011

While The Earth Flies Past

The balloon seems to stand still in the air while the earth flies past underneath.
~ Alberto Santos-Dumont

The Smithsonian contains the Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music. With songs like, "Cloud Kisser," "My Little Loving Aero Man," and "On Our Balloon Honeymoon," I get the feeling that balloons and planes seemed like good places to have romantic interludes. I'm including a couple of the "have a date in the sky" pictures below.

The quote at the top is by Alberto Santos-Dumont. Read about him here.

~ Aviation and Space music info
~ Aviation in British music

And here's music of birds in flight:

The winds have welcomed you with softness,
The sun has greeted you with its warm hands,
You have flown so high and so well,
That God has joined you in laughter,
And set you back gently into
The loving arms of Mother Earth.
— 'The Balloonists Prayer,' believed to have been adapted from an old Irish sailors' prayer.


Toby Speed said...

Aeronautical sheet music! You find the most interesting things to show us, Tabatha. As a pilot, I love these aviation-related covers of love tunes.

M Pax said...

Very interesting collection.

I always think of Jules Verne whenever I see a balloon.