Piano Black – Radioactive Space Rock

[important]Piano Black is A Million God’s guest blogger/intern/awesome person and is an 18 year old High School Student stretching her wings in skepticism and atheism while trying to teach people the value of science[/important]

I decided to write about about three very nice people who came into my life, fortunately enough they are here to stay. As a teenager who is trying to figure out who I am and what I am doing on this planet. The people I chose whose life story really jumped out to me was Carl Sagan, Iggy Pop and Marie Curie.

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 9th, 1934. Sagan was astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, science popularizer and communicator. I have watched cosmos and interviews. When  I first got exposed to Sagan, I was totally enamoured by the way he carried himself and his message.With every quote, interview, episode I felt inspired like I could make a change of my own.  I think that’s what Sagan wanted, to inspire others to spread the message of science. If you have not been exposed to Sagan’s work, it is never too late to start.  Dr. Sagan and his work definitely planted helped me  the seed of curiosity in my mind. Without reading Broca’s brain, without watching Cosmos, I would have never even thought twice about the world around me. I think that beyond an Astrophysicist and a Professor at Cornell University, Sagan was a visionary and a dreamer. as Carl Sagan would say himself “If you’re in love, you want to tell the world about it.” Well, Sagan found his love in the universe, and he simply wanted to tell the world.

Another man I must pay homage to is Iggy pop, without him I wouldn’t have this lust for life.

“I like music that’s more offensive. I like it to sound like nails on a blackboard, get me wild.”- Iggy Pop

Widely known as the godfather of punk, James Newell Osterberg Jr. was born in Muskegon, Michigan on April 21st, 1947. A few years back when I worked at the recordstore, although I heard of the “iggster” here and there, I was immediately immersed into his works. He was known for his outrageous acts, innovative punk, and ruthless attitude. Just like any other rockstar, I think he was misunderstood. Watching his interviews he was always articulate,witty, and very receptive of anything. Reading “IGGY POP: I need more” over and over again, I formed the conclusion that this was a guy who had something to say, who needed to get it out and used music as a means. I admire him a lot, his simplicity, his elegance, and the honesty he has with himself and others. I find his offensiveness quite charming, because it strikes a reaction from people, it makes them uncomfortable, it makes them question. Frankly I believe that that’s what an artists work should do. Iggy instilled the confidence in me to tell myself and others “hey! I got a right! I have something to say!”, and to embrace me living my life as plainly as possible, and to do what I feel I need to do, whenever. I wish more people knew about Iggy Pop. I wish he was more famous, he is so good.

Then there’s this one lady, she’s a babe.  Her name is Marie Curie or Madame Curie. Someone who I learned about recently…

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie

Marie Sklodowska- Curie, better known as Marie Curie was born November 7th, 1867 in Warsaw, Kingdom in Poland.  However, the  physicist and chemist  worked mainly in France. Her most notable work is on radioactivity, in fact she even coined the term herself. I look to this woman because to me, she devoted her time and effort to her studies and to work in the laboratory. She had enough talent, enough credibility to compete in what was then a “man’s world” which was science. She was one of two people to win a Nobel Prize for two areas, and even then she remained humble and carried on with her work. Madame Curie never got her gender, or being a mother or wife in the way of her work. She inspires me to know my limits only to exceed them. She represents to me the woman who knows her priorities and how to execute them despite all obstacles. I feel she really proved a point being a wife, mother, and a scientist in the late 1800’s, that women can work alongside men when in comes to discovering this world around us.

I look to Carl Sagan, Iggy Pop, and Marie Curie for inspiration. They are all people who I dream that I could aspire to be, but my own version of that dream. So these are my heros, who are yours?


  1. Acolyte of Sagan says

    No prizes for guessing my hero!
    If you haven’t already done so, Piano Black, I heartily recommend you read Sagan’s Cosmos; it isn’t just the book version of the TV series, it goes much deeper into the subject.
    And when you’ve finished that, you could do worse than to start in on his follow-up book Comet, co-written with his wife, Ann Druyan.

  2. Piano Black says

    I will, thank you very much!
    On the quest for finding my mentor, I actually asked Ann Druyan to be my mentor, she said she was too busy though…
    Happy reading fellow Sagan fan!

  3. Thorne says

    All right, Carl Sagan and Marie Curie I can understand. But Iggy Pop? Just thinking about that makes my ears bleed! Gods above, what is this modern generation coming to?

  4. piano black says

    Actually, Iggy pop was from 2+ generations ago… That’s closer to your generation than.mine… Just saying.

  5. Thorne says

    I’d never even heard of Iggy Pop, so I had to look him up. Not only is he closer to my generation, he’s FROM my generation. He’s even a little older than me. But his music is primarily from the ’70s, which is after I stopped listening.

    Damn, I feel old.

  6. Piano Black says

    If you are willing to give him a try, his solo career was much more mellow than his stooges years.
    I would suggest listening to “Candy”, “beside you”, and “the passenger” and “did you evah” with debbie harry. He is a wonderful guy.

    And you feel old? Well, it happens.

    happy reading!

  7. Thorne says

    Thanks for the suggestions, but I’m not much for vocalists. I prefer instrumental/orchestral music myself. A nice, rousing Rachmaninoff piano concerto, or a Beethoven symphony, or the movie music of Hans Zimmer and John Williams. Things like that.

    And you feel old? Well, it happens.

    Gee, thanks! That makes me feel SO much better! :(

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