Friday, March 1, 2019

Remembering E.T. (Repost)

This is a re-post of a post originally appearing in 2011.

I remember when my parents took me to see E.T., '80s sci-fi classic from Steven Spielberg.

The movie came out in June 1982, so this must have been mid to late late '82. I was a somewhat nerdy, awkward 12 years old loner, often in living in my own odd dreamy world. The fact that I was also an only child added to my solitary nature, I suppose. But I was quite close to my parents, although sometimes I even felt misunderstood by them as well, and this would occasionally lead to conflict in my teen years. But this memory was one of being close to them, and I treasure it now as I sit here writing about it.

We went to see the film at a small, one theater cinema in the downtown of our small home town. It was an old theater that had been there seemingly forever, and was still there in the '80s. It was in the very midst of the fan mania that developed over the film, and there was a long line that stretched around the entire front of the small theater and around the side to the parking lot out back.  

We took our place in line, and when we got inside the theater was packed to capacity, with every seat filled.  At that age, I was not yet used to going to see movies at the theater, so the whole thing was quite new to me. I remember we got some popcorn and Coke, and took our seats in the crowded theater. I also remember that in the midst of the movie, someone spilled a drink a row behind us. But I remember the experience fondly.

I remember the pleasure I got in seeing this beautiful film.  There was a tangible warmth about it, there were so many different details that seemed to shine through about the film. I remember the funny scene where E.T. inspires the young protagonist, Eliot, to come to the rescue of the frogs which were to be used during his school's science class, and he proceeds to cause havoc by freeing all of them in the midst of class. I also remember that my mother cried when E.T. briefly appeared to die, and I remember the joy that came when he miraculously revived and was alive.  

It felt like I was part of some wonderful phenomenon that all of America was participating in, and maybe beyond our borders to the world.  I somehow felt like I identified with the young protagonist Eliot, played by actor Henry Thomas. But then, didn't we all identify with young Eliot at that young age, befriending this wondrous being from another world.  

Monday, February 18, 2019

Depeche Mode: "People Are People"

From Depeche Mode, a quintessentially '80s group with a devoted following, a 1984 song with a message. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

An '80s Valentine: "Sea of Love"

The Honeydrippers were a band put together by former Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant, who scored a major hit in 1984 with their version of '50s classic "Sea of Love." A suitable retro-'80s valentine.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Traveling Wilburys: "End Of The Line"

The Traveling Wilburys were a late '80s supergroup that included several rock legends: Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, ex-Beatle George Harrison, and ex-ELO Jeff Lynne.  Here they are with "End of the Line."

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Story Behind Suzanne Vega's "Luka"

Here's the story behind one of the 80's most relevant songs, "Luka" by folksinger Suzanne Vega. Some very poignant comments.

Here's the song, Suzanne Vega's "Luka." Vega, along artists like Tracy Chapman, the Washington Squares, Michelle Shocked, and The Indigo Girls, formed the late '80s folk music revival.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Brian May's "New Horizons" New Years Message

Brian May, guitarist for Queen, is also an astrophysicist who is involved in NASA's New Horizons probe to Pluto and the outer solar system. New Horizons is scheduled to be passing by an object in that region of space during new years, and sending back information. May created a song celebrating the New Horizons mission, and I can't think of a better way to ring in the new year!  Happy New Year to all my readers, and keep your dreams high!!