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BU Today Sessions: Spitzer Space Telescope

This is rock ’n’ roll


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Click on the video above to see Spitzer Space Telescope perform“California Condor.” Click to watch “Song of Voyage” and to watch “The River Styx.”

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, Dan MacDonald is the effusive and energetic singer-songwriter behind Spitzer Space Telescope.

“My sound is a resurrection of traditional and ’60s revivalist folk music,” says MacDonald (CFA’10). “People tell me what I’m doing is different, but I think they just aren’t familiar with my sources.”

Beyond his musical influences, the visual arts major finds inspiration in archaic language and imagery or sometimes a single phrase comes to mind. “Art has been with me forever,” he says, “and it was the most practical career pathway for me.”

With an East Coast tour and shows at BU Central, the Cantab Lounge, and T. T. the Bear’s Place already under his belt, MacDonald plans to give music “one big try” after graduation. “If nothing happens,” he says, “I’ll still keep going with it, but I will have to get a real job.”

Stay tuned every Thursday for the BU Today Sessions, shot on location at 808 Commonwealth Ave. and featuring performances by musicians, bands, and songwriters from the BU community.

Spitzer Space Telescope will perform on Wednesday, November 19, at the Middle East Upstairs, 475 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. T-shirts and two homemade EPs are can be purchased online.

Click here to watch other BU Bands, including Forest Henderson, and Interrobang?! perform.

Alan Wong

Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.

14 Comments on BU Today Sessions: Spitzer Space Telescope

  • Miriam on 11.07.2008 at 8:37 am


    This is really great music! Thank you!

  • Anonymous on 11.07.2008 at 8:47 am

    LOVE this music

    such a beautiful sound, such an awesome voice! reminds me of … home…

  • Anonymous on 11.07.2008 at 9:01 am

    Brilliant. Vital.

    These sessions are gorgeous. What an outstanding showcase. Dan and Alan, keep them coming please!

  • jen on 11.07.2008 at 9:09 am

    loveit. thank you so much for featuring him, i really want to see him live now. his music sounds straight out of the 60’s and 70’s its so great

  • Mary-Jayne MacDonald on 11.07.2008 at 10:25 am


    Fantastic talent, gave me goosebumps. Best of luck and I can’t wait to see you live in the area.

  • Anonymous on 11.07.2008 at 10:58 am


    I’d definitely buy an album. I hope you make it in music after college!

  • jen brown on 11.07.2008 at 12:41 pm

    really really entertaining

    very creative idea. this showcases spitzer in a way ive never seen him. special! thanks for doing this.

  • Anonymous on 11.07.2008 at 1:52 pm

    he is aweeessommeee

  • John on 11.08.2008 at 10:27 pm

    That's what I'm talking about

    I’ll be honest; most of the time I just kinda read/watch BU Today and move on, but I must have watched “The River Styx” like 20 times. I never knew us BU’ers had so much talent!

  • S.R.O. Mansfield on 11.09.2008 at 9:42 pm

    Spitzer Space Telescope

    My daughter sent this to me this evening and I found it wonderful and refreshing. The blast of his acoustic energy sails his sound. The video was nice and clean visually with good vibe abounding. Onward and upward to this good musician with a stout interesting new folk beat. I would purchase his product commercially. See you on the Beach!

  • Anonymous on 11.10.2008 at 9:05 pm

    Great guy, great music. Couldn’t be any happier for Dan. I always knew he would go very far.

  • Anonymous on 11.27.2008 at 5:02 am

    so cool!!!

  • Anonymous on 02.03.2010 at 2:36 pm

    what a fantastic set. Can’t wait to see him live.

  • Anonymous on 02.03.2010 at 9:51 pm

    He’s like Jerry Lee Lewis with a guitar.

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