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Stickney The Crater

from Solar Complexus by Amy Denio / Spoot Music

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Song #3 of 5 composed on January 20, 2019.
Based on my great-great-great grandfather Asaph Hall, who discovered and named the moons of Mars in August 1877.


My triple-great grandfather on my mother's side
Was a government astronomer by the name of Asaph Hall
He wanted to prove the existence of the moons of Mars
So he studied the skies every night with his fancy telescope
But saw nothing, nothing up there except for the Planet of War
And occasional shooting stars in front of the universe's door
Utterly frustrated, he almost threw in his glove
But his wife Angelina (nee Stickney) urged him to look above

In August of 1877 the moons of Mars revealed themselves to Asaph
who now suddenly loved his wife more than ever
He named the moons Phobos and Deimos after the horses who pulled the chariot of the War God

94 years later NASA's space craft passed by the moons
And saw the huge crater on Phobos' loins
So they named it after Asaph's intrepid wife, using her maiden name

Stickney the crater was almost greater than half the diameter of Phobos' parameters
Stickney the crater result of a fate or a destiny writ large by the universe


from Solar Complexus, released March 1, 2019
Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio @ Spoot Studios, Seattle. Mastered by Steve Turnidge, Ultraviolet Studios, Seattle.
AD: electric guitar, brac (croatian mandolin), voices
c 2019 Spoot Music, ASCAP


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Amy Denio / Spoot Music Seattle, Washington

Amy Denio is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist composer, singer and music producer based in Seattle, WA. She's been commissioned to compose for dance, theater and film, and has received numerous grants and fellowships and collaborated with artists worldwide.

She has performed at festivals, clubs, schools, prisons, social centers and ruins throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
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