It is no secret that my household were big fans of “the Scottish band”. Over time we have lapsed except my eldest daughter who will be celebrating her 35th birthday by catching a coach from Bolton to Aberdeen next Tuesday and will attend 4 concerts throughout Scotland in the company of fellow “Riggies” from as far afield as Norway and the USA. Luckily for me they will all be looking after her and making sure she does not get lost. Kyllie is registered blind but this is not the first time she has ventured up t’North on behalf of her musical love on her own.
The story is not about her. It is about something she mentioned in passing today. A story I knew nothing about and, I suspect, neither did anyone else on the blog. It concerns the band’s new CD called, appropriately, The Story. It concerns the final track.
From The Scotsman newspaper, 30th January 2016.
The album’s final track, Somewhere, with its tidal surge courtesy of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, ends in a fading crackle of space chatter, amid which the distant voice of astronaut Laurel Clark can be heard. Dr Clark was on board the Columbia space shuttle which broke up on re-entry in 2003. A fan, she had played Runrig’s “Running To The Light” that morning as a wake-up call. Her CD was later retrieved from a Texas field amid debris, and was brought to Scotland and presented to the band by her husband and son.
The full heart breaking story is included in the comments on the video clip below. It includes the sentence, “the last music the Columbia crew ever listened to was by Runrig” and also “her time on earth — and in space — was enhanced by their music.” Wow.
The track is so new it has not been posted on YouTube yet. I will post it on here when I can.