Listen to this: Music from the Hearts of Space
When I was a child, my father would often wake me up early to go with him to a flea market, stamp or coin show, model train show, or baseball card show. Besides giving me numerous hobbies, these trips also gave me Music from the Hearts of Space. This was a radio program that aired early Saturday mornings and featured strange music that was very different from music I was used to hearing. They define their program as “a mix of ambient, electronic, world, new age, classical and experimental music.” I remember listening to it, often while I groggily shifted in and out of sleep. When I got into high school and my interest in those hobbies waned and my desire to get up at 5:30 AM on a Saturday disappeared, my ability to listen to Music From the Hearts of Space vanished with it. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I discovered that the program is available online that I was able to rekindle my interest in it.
You can subscribe and pay for the ability to hear the week’s program whenever you please as well as have access to their entire collection of old programs. As of writing this article they’ve done over 970 shows, so this is significant. If you register for free, you can listen to the current week’s episode at any time of the day on Sunday. This is what I do and it has quickly become part of my weekly routine. An hour with the show on Sunday night helps relax me and allows me to meditate on the week that was and on what’s upcoming.
Some music that I heard for the first time on the show include, “Redemption” by Biomusique, “Light Through the Veins” by Jon Hopkins (well known for being sampled by Coldplay), and “Treefingers” by Radiohead. While I do enjoy hearing individual tracks from time to time, the way the show puts them together is the real draw. I highly suggest checking the program out as a way to help remove some of life’s stresses.
On a final note, Stephen Hill is the host of the program, introducing the songs at the beginning and wrapping the show at the end. He has a great radio voice, and correctly lets the music do the vast majority of the talking on the show. He ends every episode the same way, and that’s how I’ll leave you today. “Safe journey space fans, wherever you are.”