1: In January 2011, our family learned about the NASA Space Rock Contest. We decided to write, record and enter a tribute song to astronauts called, "Dreams You Give." In February, our song was chosen from over 1,300 as Top 10 and put up for public vote on the NASA website. By May, "Dreams You Give" received 612,959 votes, 38.8 percent of the contest total, positioning it to be 1 of 2 original songs played to wake up Endeavour Astronauts May 30, during the STS-134 mission.
3: News Spread Quickly
4: DREAMS YOU GIVE (lyrics) Spoken: All systems go! 321Blast off Good morning, here is a message from All the children in the USA Thank you for showing us the journey from A pillow fort to the shuttle bay Some dreams you wake from Some dreams you live This just in from all the teens Watching you from far away We see how you work and study So you can do this every day Some dreams you wake from Some dreams you live Some dreams you work for Some dreams you give Filling young minds every day You're giving teachers a better way To inspire more lives with real rewards Heroes always moving toward (Some Dreams) Some dreams you wake from (Some Dreams) Some dreams you live (Some Dreams) Some dreams you work for (Some Dreams) Some dreams you give (Spoken) Good Morning The scientific community has many reasons to thank NASA and the shuttle program. Innovation and technology was only the beginning. Your work fosters a true culture of learning - about ourselves, our planet and our universe. Your missions have united nations, extended a hand of friendship, and even altered world-views. Your spirit of cooperation and the common good of all mankind is now on a pedestal for all to see. We truly couldn't have done it without you. Godspeed. Some dreams you wake from (Some Dreams) Some dreams you live (Some Dreams) Some dreams you work for (Some Dreams) Some dreams you give Spoken & Repeated to Fade:: I have some dreams
6: As the contest drew on & was extended due to launch delays, we pulled ahead along-side one other entry: a professional band from Spain.
8: Joseph Plunkett, age 14 If I gave each of you a penny for every vote we have received you would walk away today with over $5,500. It is an honor to be in the running. Your votes have taken our song from a dream to a reality. I would like to thank my family for keeping my interest in the space program alive and getting me to Florida for the launch of STS-133. Also I would like to thank Ms. Conita Gaines who directs constellation club for being our cheerleader. And our local NASA education representative Beth Whitehead who has helped spread the word and organizes this event. This entire contest is based around voting and we have the best team of voters any one could ask for. When we would fall behind Spain we didn't stay there for long. We truly couldn't have done it without you.
9: Loren Plunkett, age 10 First of all, I'm glad to tell you that people from 26 states and 12 countries have written to us about Dreams You Give. It means more to me that all these people are cheering us on and voting for us than the place we get in the contest. I'd like to thank everyone who has helped vote & especially my great constellation club leader Ms. Conita and my cousin Tyler. They have both voted so much and asked many others to vote, too. I'd like to dedicate this song to my grandpa John Plunkett, because even though I never knew him I know he was a Learjet flight test engineer and I know that this would make him proud.
10: And the Winners are:
11: "Dreams You Give" is chosen to Wake up the Astronauts on Endeavour STS-134
12: A Special Invitation: Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, we were invited by Ms. Ola Metcalf to Alabama for a private meeting with 2 of the Endeavour Astronauts!
14: Gregory H. Johnson Mike Fincke
16: Astronaut 101: always carry a sharpie in your flightsuit for autographs!