Oh My God.
This music has been filling my head since seeing the movie. And I am very happy about that. It fills me with a spontaneous and joyous excitement.
It’s not the only piece with that affects me.
The Asteroid Field is the first piece of music that affected my emotions profoundly. Anytime I hear it, tears come immediately. My eyes close and the sweeping sound carries me up and down on a aural roller coaster of pure adventurous joy. It peaks at the 2:18 mark when the music builds to a shattering crescendo that is as near to a non-sexual orgasm as I ever expect to have.
The best Star Trek movie. The best story, the best music, the best everything.
But that music. In particular this scene. When the music starts, slow and suspicious, you know you’re in for something explosive.
And then there’s The Doctor.
This music causes me to laugh, smile, and fills me with exciting anticipation. Something very fun is just about to happen.
But it’s not all joy.
This beautiful theme, haunting and ethereal, is somewhat sad even without the tragic association. But the deep emotional memory of profound pain and loss, even when fictional, reaches into my heart and tears it into tearful sobs.
Ending where we began (sort of).
While this doesn’t quite have the quite the emotional punch, it does always make me happy in a silly kind of way.
I believe in heroes which is to say I believe in heroism; the idea that a person can sometimes rise above their own abilities and, briefly perhaps, become something, someone remarkable. The characters that inhabit my imagination are emotional avatars of that possibility in everyone, even in me. Believing in them, at least in spirit, gives me hope that I can become better than I am when the need arises.
That’s an important belief for all of us. Especially in these times.