Monday, May 23, 2011

Cocoa Beach songwriter won't awaken astros

A song composed by Cocoa Beach resident Susan Rose Simonetti recieved more than 11,000 votes in a contest to be selected as a wake-up song for the final Endeavour crew -- not quite enough to win, NASA announced today.

Simonetti's "Endeavour, It's a Brand New Day" was one of 10 finalists in NASA's "Original Song Contest." Listen to it here.

The tune came in sixth place with 0.7 percent of the 1.5 million votes cast -- not bad considering the two winners collected an overwhelming 88.6 percent of the tally.

The contest winner, "Sunrise Number 1" by Jorge Otero and the band Stormy Mondays from Oviedo, Spain, will be played at 5:56 p.m. EDT May 31, the day before Endeavour's planned final return home to Kennedy Space Center. Watch the video here.

The No. 2 vote-getter, "Dreams You Give" by Brian Plunkett from Halfway, Mo., will be played for the crew at 6:56 p.m. May 30. Watch the video here.

Simonetti's tune was selected as a finalist from 1,350 contest entries. Public voting took place from March 29 through May 16.

"Just to be picked as one of 10? That's a big ego boost right there," Simonetti told FLORIDA TODAY in April. "It's a big honor. And the fact that the finalists were chosen out of Houston instead of here made me feel even better. They didn't pick me just because I was a local girl."

Read the story here.

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