With the release last year of the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise, some economists decided to analyse the cost of the Death Star and the impact of its destruction on the Galactic Imperial economy.* Suffice it to say that the Great Depression of 1929 was child’s play by comparison.chea
It seems like all the best things in life are really expensive. In the 1985 movie ‘Back to the future’ Doc Brown tells Marty that he spent most of his family fortune on developing his time machine. Being able to go back in time is an intriguing prospect, revisiting the good, the precious, the things we hold close to our heart. And being as I don’t have the Brown family fortune but am a person of more limited means, I thought of a way to go back in time more cheaply: music.
Music from my youth, from the times in my past where a song provided the soundtrack for a piece of once-in-a-lifetime history. The cost? The price of a writeable CD. Here follows a random sample of some music tracks of my life so far:
‘House of the rising sun’ (1964) by The Animals
The first song I remember from when I was young.
‘Cherie Cherie Lady’ (1985) by Modern Talking
The song from when I went to a disco at the 58th Air Scout hall in Durban and me and my cousin danced with some pretty girls.
‘I think we’re alone now’ (1987) by Tiffany
I remember carrying my ‘boom box’ and bright pink shirt to visit a young lady, playing this song and thinking I was impressing her.
‘U can’t touch this’ (1990) by MC Hammer
When I thought I knew what cool was. It hasn’t really translated very well to 2016. I actually bought the LP.
‘Tell me what you want’ (1996) by The Spice Girls
I remember being in London going to His People and Pastor Wolfie Eckleben preached a sermon about this.
‘Knowing you’ (1993) by Graham Kendrick
I remember attending a Promise Keepers meeting at Atlantic Christian Assembly in Sea Point and being floored by the Presence while singing this song. I’ve always loved the song ever since.
‘Here I am’ (2002) by Bryan Adams
This is the song playing as me and my wife entered the reception after we got married.
‘Blessed be your name’ (2002) by Matt Redman
The song I was meditating on in June 2011, and when Tracy died we played this at her memorial. It reminds me of my sister.
‘Dancing Queen’ (1976) by ABBA
Dancing in our lounge with my wife and two kids.
Time travel CD? Works every time.