Moonshadows Past and Present
Who can forget where they were when their first solar eclipse occurred? Memories of admonitions not to look skyward and of instructions on how to make a pinhole viewer on the playground macadam came flooding back these past weeks as eclispe-mania ramped up to fever pitch. I tried to resist the hype but then I realized there might not be many more to behold. We have to wait 'til 2024 to top this one in NYC and after that I can't say.
Nostalgia really came home to roost when every radio spot about the upcoming eclipse recalled Carly Simon's immortalization of the 1970 eclipse in her 45-year old and still inscrutable hit "You're So Vain":
Well I hear you went to Saratoga
And your horse, naturally, won
Then you flew your Learjet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well, you're where you should be all the time
And when you're not, you're with some underworld spy
Or the wife of a close friend,
Wife of a close friend...
And now for a hidden track.
Totally of its era and sticking with my 70s lookback, the video below by Manfred Mann serves as a nice outro today. A lagniappe for readers of a certain age who remember the zeniths and nadirs of the 1970s.
Be careful out there. Ours is one hot star.