When we were driving home last May 31 from a Jon Oliva’s Pain gig (my brother, his wife, a good friend and me), my brother put Journey’s “Frontiers” in the CD player.
It struck me that the CD’s (well, it was an album back in the days) final two songs were about hope, moving forward and finding new frontiers.
Out on the border
Of a changing skyline
We put hope in front of fear
And all the heroes
Have gone East of Eden
We all need new frontiers
(“Frontiers” from, well, Frontiers)
This was in the early eighties: financial crisis, cold war at its height, Reaganomics, Falkland War (I almost wrote Flakland War, which would define internet flame wars quite nicely…;-) and the Afghanistan conflict, and what did one of the top-selling bands(*) sing about? (Well, apart from love & relationships, obviously) Hope and a brighter future.
Make a move across the Rubicon
Futures knockin’ at your door
Take your time
And choose the road you want
Opportunity is yours
(“Rubicon”, also from Frontiers)
And the Journey covers were full-on SF, by the way, just check the Frontiers one above, and the Escape one below: