It’s no secret that I have lots of free time. Perhaps I’m not supposed to have as much as I do and perhaps I’m supposed to be doing something else, but it’s not as if I’m not busy. I think that one of my favourite pass-times is simply to delve into my imagination. Now, God saw fit to gift me with an over active and rather powerful imagination which at times works at the speed of light itself. Not that I’m boasting or anything, I’m merely pointing out the facts. Maybe your imagination is faster, but I don’t see anybody else doing the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs so pipe down ok?*
One of my favourite questions to put to my imagination is this: if I had a time machine that will only work for one return trip, where would I go? The choice is practically endless isn’t it? Would I go back to see the Fall of Troy or the Fall of Rome? Would I visit Jesus Christ to check out how good the wine he made from water tasted? Perhaps I’d travel to the future to get some pointers from a future me on what to do next. Or better still, maybe I’d go back to when I was about 12 or 13 and tell my past self what NOT TO DO!
Here however, we begin to enter the realms of craziness. If I alter something in the past, what would the present look like etc etc. *YAWN* I think I’ll avoid that headache all together by just not trying it. Though it is incredibly tempting (and some would say necessary) to go back to about 1995 and tell George Lucas that Jar-Jar is possibly the worst idea he could ever have. I think I’d risk the fabric of space time for that little change.
Where would I go though? When was the best time to be alive? Strangely enough, the answer which keeps on coming back is the year 1977. Sure, it’s only thirty three years ago but it was such an incredible year! Why? Let me enlighten you:
- Star Wars was released! Now you might already have guessed at how much I like the Star Wars films by the two references to them already in this blog but in case you’ve missed all that, I’ll tell you how much I like them. Too freakin’ much is how much! I’m addicted. Not that I’m an utter nutter who thinks that he’s a Jedi, don’t worry (though it would be cool wouldn’t it?) I’m just a huge fan.
Anyhow, the first Star Wars film totally revolutionised cinema. It was the first of its kind and it blew everybody away. To show you how much the Star Wars films were revolutionary, let me put it this way. They practically invented CGI. Booyah.
I would give my left foot to see Star Wars on its opening weekend.
- The Music was incredible! Some of the most astounding albums were released in the year 1977 and they’re still played today in pubs, bars and clubs (and not just the 70s clubs and bars). Allow list but a few of the earth shattering LPs:
Fleetwood Mac – Rumors
Meatloaf – Bat Out Of Hell
David Bowie – Heroes
Status Quo – Rockin’ All Over The World
If you’ve never listened to any of those four albums (though I will forgive you for not appreciating Meatloaf quite as much as I do) I suggest you run out and buy them now. Your library is not complete without some Fleetwood Mac.
Not only were there these huge albums but also some timelessly iconic songs were first heard in 1977.
The Eagles – Hotel California
The Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
Boston – Peace Of Mind
Those three songs alone would keep me blissfully happy for aeons.
- I’m a sucker for 70s fashion. I’d give anything to be able to dress that ridiculously and be seen as cool.
- It was a good year for films. Now I’ve already mentioned Star Wars but the cinema greats didn’t stop coming. For one thing, 1977 was the year that Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver first appeared on the big screen. That alone should have you in awe but it doesn’t stop there.
Saturday Night Fever, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and Disney’s The Rescuers (which is an awesome film, don’t diss the Disney) were all released in 1977.
- Smallpox was eradicated! Talk about a triumph for modern science! Ok, so I’m not sure exactly what I’d be doing with a time machine watching smallpox being eradicated but it’s still awesome.
- Elvis had his last concert. Now that would be something I’d pay buckets to go to see. He died later in the year (or did he…?) and so to be able to say that I was there at Elvis’ last ever live performance would be a dream come true. Everybody loves a bit of the King.
And all this still fails to fully capture just how brilliant ’77 was. The first PC was sold, Apple Inc. began trading, and lots of very awesome people were born such as: Zachary Quinto, Liv Tyler, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Tom Hardy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Orlando Bloom, Chris Martin, Ronan Keating, John Mayer, Kanye West, Jason Mraz, and Thierry Henry.
Where would you go on your time travel journey?
*Please excuse my excessive geekiness.
Seeing as how I mentioned the song in the blog, I thought it fitting to show you one of the best covers of it I’ve ever seen.