Or, The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one… But still, they come!
Yes! It might not look like as usual, but I want in the sixth chapter of my memories, to share one of our unforgettable period of time. Honestly, I have to thank two of my adorable friends Lin & Deborah Gregory http://Deborah Gregory ,https://theliberatedsheep.com for awakening this memory in me, and I say unforgettable, because it was shortly after changing the regime in Iran, ca. Summer 79. After Khomeini sent his rogues into the streets to close, amongst the newspapers, the vinyl record stores with force, and we had no chance to get our regular music-shopping.
But, I must tell you that Iran has at least a positive side, and it is that in any condition under every dictatorship, you can find everything in the market that you want, forbidden or not! So there we were; Al and I went to the market, for the search of the newest, for example, Moody Blues, as we didn’t hear of them lately. And our connection knew it, told us that there’s something new with Justin Hayward (the frontman by MB) and there is a lot of Moody Blues style there. His offer, of course, was in the form of a recorded MC (the old Music Cassette, if some can remember it), with no information, only the cover photo. And thanks to the imaginary power, we try to phantasy the scenes in this musical.
Of course, the title: The War of the Worlds was known by us, literature, as it is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells, http://H. G. Wells and it was most memorably dramatised in a 1938 radio programme http://1938 radio programme directed by and starring Orson Welles that allegedly caused public panic among listeners who did not know the Martian invasion was fictional. In 1953 came the first theatrical film of The War of the Worlds, produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Gene Barry which we had watched on TV.
But now, there’s a fascinating musical version by Jeff Wayne http://Jeff Wayne – Wikipedia, especially with the using of Tar (a Persian instrument), which I didn’t know.
You know, Al and I were both interested in such issues, Aliens. As we had some introductions: The Encounter of the First to the Second kind (in the Summer of 1978). (I am not sure about the Third!). Now finally, I found the real visual of this musical from our imagination. What a pity that Al is not here to watch it with me.
Just a purpose: what if the story of the Bible, or in all the other holy books, are somehow true, and we all are damned in our form (the soul in a packet: Boddy) to suffer and learn what we had NOT learned.
Just put it bluntly, I will never believe that we, in this Earthling form, can ever get out of our space… out of our home Earth.
In any case, this musical is a Masterwork. When we just hear the voice of Richard Burton at the beginning, it is a privilege.
No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinised as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us…
I don’t know, but the human in somehow much colder and solitude.
I’m not wondering if the priest’s name would be Netanyahu!! Just let enjoy this brilliant musical work. Here is a wonderful and complete version.