Every now and then, inspiration strikes me. This bout of inspiration hit me during my driving time for my Summer Feeding route (don’t ask). When I got to a decent stopping point, I pulled up the YouTube on my phone (a rooted Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY – yes, it’s as crappy as you imagine, but it’s through C Spire Wireless; I’m getting what I’m paying for) and did a quick search for John Williams music. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big John Williams fan; I think he’s the most iconic composer in recent history. Anyway, I decided on this to guide me to my next destination:
It was listening to this that led me to a fairly believable conclusion; a conclusion that I plastered over Twitter and Facebook:
I’m gonna write more on this later, but – real talk – John Williams scored your childhood.
Bear in mind that this is also a conclusion that was mentioned on Cracked.com, but I have no problems in giving credit where credit is due. That, and I love Cracked.com, because they’re awesome.
Anyway, this is what I want you to do…think about a hungry shark. What’s the music you think of? Wait, don’t tell me…it was this:
It’s okay, I understand. I never saw the movie – because I’m scared shitless of horror movies – and it was still the first thing I thought of. Okay, here’s another one: what about space travel? Say, something along the lines of a space opera? Would it be this?
All right, that was a tough one. But, to be fair, you could’ve thought of Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica or Babylon 5…okay, maybe not Babylon 5. Anyway, so I got you on that one. But, here’s one: what about an intrepid archaeologist out searching for treasures galore in exotic locales? Did you hear this?
I bet you did! Here’s another one: think about a man who can fly…
Yeah, that one was too easy. All right, one more, and this one is even easier! Think…WIZARDS!
I remember riding to and from work while taking my daughter to daycare, and we would listen to the soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. She’d be all fussy and stuff, but she calmed down right quick when she heard Hedwig’s Theme. This fact makes me happy, because we’re sharing in this together, and I hope it’s something that lasts for a lifetime.
Point is, I could go on and on about this ad nauseam, but I think I’ve made my point. The point is, John Williams is an indomitable force, a composer who is responsible for creating memories that have lasted a lifetime, and memories that we can pass on to our children as they begin to develop a love for the art of music.
In my opinion, this is one of the greatest gifts we could ever give to them.