A Song for the Cosmos:

Blind Willie Johnson and Voyager’s Golden Record

From The Creative Company (Creative Editions), August 2022

Teacher’s Guide and a Selected Bibliography will be available on this website at the time of publication.

This non-fiction picture book tells the true story of a song by a Texas gospel bluesman that was included on the Golden Record, now speeding into interstellar space on NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2.

Illustrations by Gary Kelley.

When our differences divide us, this song and the Golden Record are a reminder that, in spite of our circumstances and origins, all human hearts are fundamentally the same. We live, feel, and create together on this “pale blue dot” that is Earth, spinning in the vast expanse of the cosmos.

The Golden Record carries photos, music, greetings, and sounds of Earth.

“The Golden Record team chose sounds: human footsteps, heartbeats, laughter. Chimpanzees calling. Wind and thunder. A kiss.”