Just this weekend, I discovered Jesse Mercury on Twitter. Mr. Mercury is self-described as “a SciFi action hero from 2084, flung out of time with no way to get home. His only hope is to send musical signals into the cosmos in an attempt to attract a higher form of life capable of sending him back to his time.”
From what I gather, he is a significantly massive fan of science fiction as well as a songwriter. Upon going to his website, I was linked to youtube, where he has a number of of songs and videos posted. There, I found songs that all had a science fiction theme, one of them being “This is Ceti Alpha V!” – a song based on Star Trek The Wrath of Khan.
One of them stood out to me… “A Love Song from ET to Elliot“. I was 12 years old back in 1982. The movie, E.T. The Extraterrestrial was a major passion of mine. I had spent untold nights sleeping outside, under the stars. Waiting for something to make noise in the shed. I even went so far as to lay out a trail of Reeses Pieces, hoping that I would meet an alien who had been left behind and needed my help getting home. An alien who would become my friend.
I have spent this entire weekend listening to this song. It brings a tear to my eye every time. It awakens the child in me. It brings a smile to my face and lets me become that child again, waiting for a stranger from the stars to come down and become my friend…