In a childhood far far away. Before I was consumed by music, I was bitten by the Star Wars bug. At the time, I loved sports (still do). Movies and music were barely on my radar. While playing sports one day, I took a fall and broke my wrist. Two nights later, a friend of mine was having a birthday party. I was miserable and in pain and did not want to go to the party. My parents made me go.
The party ended up with all the kids in two different cars. The birthday boy’s mom and dad took us all to the drive in movies, remeber those? Because of my injury, I got to sit in the front seat. My wrist ached and all I wanted to do was go home.
The screen went black, then those words appeared "A Long Time Ago…". The orchestra booms, starships go flying by and the adventure begins. I’m not sure I even blinked and I forgot all about my wrist. When it was over all I wanted to do was see it again, and I did. Darth Vader was the ultimate bad guy, Han Solo was a rock star even before I knew what a rock star was.
In between the time that Star Wars was out and The Empire Strikes Back was released I had found rock and roll. KISS, Journey, Rush, and Van Halen were constantly on my turntable. It’s the power of the music is what I love. There’s a reason I chose Power Chord as the name of the show.
"Empire" is my favorite movie in the series. Part of the reason is (spoiler alert) because Vader wins. I had never seen a movie or a TV show where the bad guys prevail in the end. The other thing that stuck out to me was the soundtrack. It was the first time I heard the same intensity in music that I heard in rock music. John Williams is the Led Zeppelin of movie score composers. Think of any movie you know can hum the score to and it’s probably a John Williams piece. Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman, and the list goes on and on. I’ve always wondered if he was influenced by rock musicians. I’m sure rock musicians have been influenced by him.
I have no idea if the new Star Wars movie will be good. I have confidence that J.J. Abrams will do a fine job. I am hoping for the best and it won’t take me long to find out because I will be there opening night. One thing I do know is as soon as I hear the opening notes to the theme song, I will have a big smile on my face.