'In the beginning, it is always dark.'
A friend was showing 'The Neverending Story' in their backyard recently - and I arrived late and caught the tail end of it. I walked up right before the end of the movie - Atreyu is alone on the beach, about to face the Gmork. I love that movie, I could probably act it all out for you on demand without too much trouble.
But it caught me, this time. Something about the day or the year or the moment of walking up and listening to the black wolf groan out its eulogy for Fantasia - like I was hearing a message just for me, just for that moment, for that time. Words for right now.
G'mork: Because people have begun to lose their hopes and forget their dreams. So the Nothing grows stronger.
Atreyu: What is the Nothing?
G'mork: It's the emptiness that's left. It's like a despair, destroying this world. And I have been trying to help it.
Atreyu: But why?
G'mork: Because people who have no hopes are easy to control; and whoever has the control... has the power!
Atreyu: Who are you, really?
G'mork: I am the servant of the power behind the Nothing.
Ah. Ah yes. I know you, servant. And I know who you serve.
'People who have no hopes' - that sounds like a lot of us as 2016 lurches away from us like a vandal. And it's quite clear how the story of 'The Neverending Story' believes we should fight back, how we generate light. (Through petty revenge involving luck dragons!)
Whatever you make, it's time to make it. Whatever you can dream, it's time to get on it.
We make really dumb songs, that are maybe just a little bit awesome too.
This site, this podcast, the whole thing - it's about us fighting back, about fighting against the power behind the Nothing.
Come for me, G'mork.
- D. Shadeaux