It's fair to say that Ed Robertson and Chris Hadfield are about to set off on the most unusual collaboration of their careers. The singer-songwriter from the Barenaked Ladies and the astronaut are teaming up to write the song for next year's Music Monday, a day to celebrate the importance of music and education. The twist is Hadfield will be orbiting the globe in the International Space Station while the two write, record and premiere the track, with Robertson on the ground in Canada.
Hadfield is a veteran of two space shuttle missions, and is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. He and Robertson, who is also a science buff, took to each other immediately. When their song is finished, it will continue its journey from space to all corners of Canada as students and teachers across the nation perform it at the same time to mark Music Monday in 2013.
The Hadfield and Robertson met up for the first time at CBC to discuss the project and try out a few ideas before Hadfield blasts into space. Take a look at a discussion of song and science between two very talented people.
In the coming months, CBC Music will be producing a series of videos to take you inside this unique collaboration.
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on May 06, 2012