Okay, okay, I know this is the third time I’ve mentioned Star Wars in the last two months. But it’s been kinda everywhere, y’know? And I just wanted to do a round-up of some of my favorite cultural references, from music to electric cars to party food.
First, John Williams’ magnificent score has been surfacing in lots of places. Which is great, because I’ve been a fan ever since Luke’s theme first choked me up a long time ago. Music is powerful. And I have to say I really enjoyed the Piano Guys’ take in their Cello Wars.
But the cultural invasion winner goes to Sian Welby presented the geekiest weather ever.
I can’t quite decide whether “if you Luke father west” or “a new hope for some sunshine” is better, but the whole thing was delightful.
I loved the nerdy spin of “Ken Burns’ Galactic Civil War.” It hit me in both the history-nerd and geek-nerd centers, and at the same time.
I actually had a meeting in downtown Indianapolis, right on the Circle (yes, it’s that Circle mentioned in “And Only the Eyes of Children,” it’s a real thing in the Circle City), and just happened upon Han Solo and Chewbacca doing 500 laps about Monument Circle in a rented electric car. I took some video and then caught them as they slowed for a crosswalk to exchange high-fives.
And finally, speaking of local geekery, my sister hosted a Star Wars viewing party. We watched the originals — not just the original trilogy, but the original trilogy, without all the “special edition” digital flotsam. And of course there was food.
For those of you who don’t get the last one, probably because you were busy being productive in society or something during the Star Wars heyday, I’ll remind you that Salacious B. Crumb was the horrid little thing who sat on Jabba and laughed repeatedly at Leia’s and Luke’s and everyone’s calamities. (Even as a child I hated that thing and was vaguely disappointed that we didn’t see him fall into the Great Pit of Carkoon.)
And lest you think that I’m just blogging about Star Wars now and not doing anything else, that I will never get back to real life, please rest assured that’s not quite true. I spent Monday night dressed as River Song (Byzantium outfit) for the theatrical showing of “The Husbands of River Song” with a host of other Doctor Who fans.