Music

My first single What Are Stars? is here! Set to a bouncy synth-pop beat, What Are Stars? explains stars, their formation, chemical composition, and life cycle (with some far-out theremin thrown in for good measure). Check it out, or click here to download (right click and save when it opens)!

(…and click here for a first look at a brand-new song, Gotta Be Gravity!)

What Are Stars? is also available in Spotify & iTunes.

Lyrics:

When you look up into the sky at night, what do you see?
Astrophysical phenomena vast distances away
A panorama of lights that’s fascinated us for millennia
Not to mention the fairly ordinary star we see each day

Our galaxy is a system of hundreds of billions of stars
Many are binaries and stellar clusters bound by gravity
There are dwarfs and giants, quasars, pulsars, neutron stars and more
Join me as we journey to unlock the mystery!

What are stars?
Nuclear furnaces converting hydrogen to helium
What are stars?
Creating atoms radiation heat and light
What are stars?
Spheres of superheated plasma held by gravity
What are stars?
Generating photons that make them shine so bright
We see them every night
What are stars

In areas of space with denser matter, such as nebulae,
Gravity causes clumps of mostly hydrogen to form
The temperature will rise as the cluster’s mass increases
Until nuclear fusion starts; you could say a star is born!

Remaining matter in the stellar cloud can collect to form objects
Like the planets in our solar system orbiting the Sun
Stellar wind disperses particles through a stellar system and beyond
The stuff of distant stars can be found in everyone!

What are stars?
Nuclear furnaces converting hydrogen to helium
What are stars?
Creating atoms radiation heat and light
What are stars?
Spheres of superheated plasma held by gravity
What are stars?
Generating photons that make them shine so bright
We see them every night
What are stars

When a star exhausts the supply of hydrogen in its core
What happens next? The answer will depend upon its mass
The outer layers of the star expand and start to cool
The mass declines, and gravity will cause our star’s collapse
In 5 billion years, our Sun will expand as a red giant,
Then contract until it settles as a white dwarf, dim and small
A larger star will erupt in brilliant supernova
Larger still, it will collapse to a black hole

Lyrics and music by Greg Melchin
Produced by Ed Renzi
Dr G: vocals, theremin, bass
Brendan Melchin: electronic drums
Kyle Varley: keyboards, programming
Pat Healy: guitar
Carolyn Curry: vocals
Paul St-Amand: vocals

More music coming soon!