Dark was the Night // Blind Willie Johnson
I came across this song on Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, where Neil deGrasse Tyson first introduce The Golden Record—which is a symbolic message-in-a-bottle sent out into interstellar space on Voyager I intended for any extraterrestrial life forms who may find it. The Golden Record contains various sounds and images that were selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth.
This is my very first time hearing this full song, and nothing—so far, nothing, no sorts of music that I’ve ever heard of— had ever touched me in this way. I’m sitting here right now chest swelling and almost in tears. This is probably the most beautiful song that I’ve ever heard.
And to think that it’s on its way into the universe with the possibility that someone else maybe somewhere out there may find it— that was the most comforting thought. Because it felt like such a profound representation of mankind. Because it felt really human.