Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Answers Your Music Questions from Space

This is a Q&A Commander Hadfield had with young musicians from the Toronto Royal Conservatory.  This guy is doing more great PR for NASA than anyone since…well, I can’t remember.

How old were you when you started playing music, and how did it come about?

I started playing music when I was 11 or 12. My brother Dave and I bought a guitar at an auction sale for $5, and were pretty sure we were on our way, learning chords and writing songs. I also took music in high school, playing trombone, and then bass trombone also in university.

Question Have you any preferred pieces to play?

I play in 2 bands on Earth, and we have favoured set lists of about 100 songs that I really like to play. It often depends upon whom I play with, for voices and instrumentals. By myself, I prefer memorable melodies and lyrics with meaning, most of the time.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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