“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Friday, October 8, 2010

Colder Days

Not only did I grow up in the era of the Cold War, my first few years of service were still very much in that environment. No matter where you were assigned, particularly in the "intelligence community," the Soviet threat was always a concern. Things like the "Moscow Rules," knowing the various agencies and players, and all the other fun bits of detente were very much a part of my life for a good number of years.

I was reminded of this as I pulled out my copy of Chess to put in the player while cleaning up after dinner. I've always enjoyed the album for far more than the single tune which hit pop culture, and tonight was no exception. Listening to the songs & the back story, the whole "US vs. USSR" which infected everything from world domination to sporting events, everything just wrapped together to bring back not quite a sense of nostalgia, but at least a time when we all knew the players and the rules. Plus, I've always thought it could be rewritten as a great spy adventure set behind the scenes...

Anyway, for those who may not be familiar, here's the one song everyone knows from the play:


suz said...

Oh yeah! 80's MTV - packed with cold war imagery. Ah nostalgia...I feel old.

randompawses said...

There must be something in the air. You're the second person today who's mentioned listening to this album. I'm almost ashamed to admit that I've never heard anything off of it other than the song you posted.