Knowledge is Power || Raiders of the Lost Ark

Many an elementary school child has been asked: “what do you want to be when you grow up?” It is only later, however, when they discover the challenges that come with being a space explorer, a princess, or a marine biologist (I just wanted to swim with dolphins, but noooooo, I had to take advanced statistics). The future (8-year-old me was certain), was full of the same possibilities I saw projected up on the silver screen. After my parents broke the news that I might not make “Jedi Master” by the time I turned 18, I next considered going into archeology. After all, I looked good in Dad’s fedora, and learning how to sling a whip seemed like a lot of fun.

Judging by the myriad adult males I saw dressed as Indiana Jones last weekend at PAX, it seems I am not alone in my admiration for the titular hero of 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. This film, as they say, is the one that started it all (although it draws inspiration from other adventurers like Tarzan, Tintin and Allan Quartermaine). Here is Harrison Ford at his finest; Steven Spielberg at his funnest; and John Williams… well, John Williams is amazing as always. As summarized on the film’s IMDb page: “In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler’s Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.”

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

When I was little, my Dad prided himself on having cutting-edge technology. I mean, Laser Discs. We didn’t have the double VHS version of TITANIC, my friends, we had the Double-Laser Disc set.

I’m not sure if it was part of the sales pitch, but Laser Disc also had a LOT of Karaoke discs in its library, and we had 10 or so of them. And my sister and I would run through them all. Even at the tender age of eight, Robbie and I knew the music videos that accompanied these songs were god awful. VERY early 90s. Like the eye-shadow pictured above.

Anyway, fast forward to today’s selection, which I LOVED singing when I was little and still enjoy today. And, thanks to the wonders of YouTube, the same karaoke track that was on the laser disc is now online, so that’s what you’ll hear.

Cheers to 2017, and karaoke videos with terrible production values… may they never stop entertaining me.