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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 04 October 2012

St Peter’s Church in East Blatchington is bringing out a CD of silence - nothing but the peaceful stillness inside the walls of the 12th century church. Vanessa asks waves crashing, pigeons cooing or a baby gurgling - what is your favourite sound?

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for Phil Oakey

    Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder Together In Electric Dreams

    Our Friends Electric (Various Artists, Telstar

  • Image for Ren Harvieu

    Ren Harvieu Do Right By Me

    (CD Single), Universal

  • Image for Simon & Garfunkel

    Simon & Garfunkel The Sound Of Silence

    The Definitive Simon & Garfunkel, Columbia

  • Image for Keane

    Keane Disconnected

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for John Oates

    John Oates and Daryl Hall She's Gone

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for Dusty Springfield

    Dusty Springfield I Only Want To Be With You

    Dusty- The Silver Collection, Philips

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys Isn't It Time

    That's Why God Made The Radio, Capitol

  • Image for Lionel Richie

    Lionel Richie Stuck On You

    Soul (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Mika

    Mika Celebrate

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Dobie Gray

    Dobie Gray The In Crowd

    Originals 2 (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi Livin' On A Prayer

    Music Of The Millennium (Various), Universal Music Tv, 1

  • Image for Josh Osho

    Josh Osho Giants

    Life, Island

  • Image for Kool & The Gang

    Kool & The Gang Ladies Night

    And They Danced The Night Away, Debutante

  • Birthday tune No. 1 in 1957

    • Image for Paul Anka

      Paul Anka Diana

      Paul Anka - The Greatest Hits Collect, Telstar

  • Image for Crosby, Stills & Nash

    Crosby, Stills & Nash Marrakesh Express

    Our House (CD Single), Atlantic

  • Image for Naughty Boy

    Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé Wonder

    (CD Single), Virgin


    In their attempts to grasp the vast unknowable expanse of the universe, artists, scholars and prophets have offered us a number of beautiful metaphors that, somehow, manage to distil infinity down into something real and tangible, something that we can literally hold in the palm of our hand: for Christian mystic Julian of Norwich this was a hazelnut and for the poet William Blake, a grain of sand. But there is also a tradition of internalising the universe; 13th century Muslim poet and sufi mystic, Rumi explained that, “Everything in the universe is within you” and cosmologists and physicists have long found themselves in agreement with Joni Mitchell who famously sang, “We are stardust”.

    For me, these descriptions are inspirational. I wonder what is it to hold the universe within oneself, or, to put it another way, to be stardust; to embody that vast expanse of lights scattered across the canopy of the night sky? For those of us who live in and around towns and cities we only properly see the stars when we make time and space to leave behind the trappings of modern life and look from a different landscape, one without artificial light. When I do gaze out at those tiny pinpricks that hint at an expanse beyond, I am reminded, that although the universe is infinite, within each cell I carry molecules that were created in the heart of a massive star exploding during the Big Bang when time began. These traces of stardust connect us across time and space to that canopy of lights in the night sky. They remind us to look out into the dark sometimes from our busy lives - lives where it can feel like we never seem to have quite enough of anything - to celebrate our connection to the stars and remember that, actually, as Rumi suggests, “Everything in the universe is within you”.

  • Vanessa's Word of the Day

    Honorarium – is a ‘thank you’ payment made to a professional for a service that is usually free – for example paying a minister for conducting a ceremony such as a baptism.


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