Beyond the Sea

After reading books about government secrets, I found myself at a mall where a big band was playing standards. One of these was that venerable French ballad “La Mer,” which if I recall correctly was by Jacques Previn. It is better known in the English-speaking world as “Beyond the Sea,” made popular by Bobby Darin. (Pete Lacaba’s Salinawit group wrote a Filipino version, and during one memorable Printemps des Poetes I sang it at intermission while no one was supposedly watching.)

So what do these all have in common? My sister’s erstwhile favorite, The X-Files. FBI Agent Dana Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, had an admiral-father who liked that song very much that it was played at his funeral.

I have not, unlike my sister, bothered seeing anything beyond season three, but my thoughts turned to a classic episode from those early years which featured Peter Boyle as a cantankerous psychic whose reticence to make use of his pretty accurate powers provided much of the episode’s dark comedy. In one scene, Fox Mulder, Scully’s partner ( played by David Duchovny), tests the psychic’s abilities by asking how he, the agent, would die. The answer? “Auto-erotic asphyxiation.”

It was after reading a recent book about Area 51 that I realized that the truth was definitely out there. Of course, the author admits that a lot of stuff about the officially non-existent top-secret military base (which was at one point on Google Maps) has not yet been declassified so my fair advice is to “trust no one.” At least until they get around to telling us the truth about the consequences of Roswell–and yes, Roswell does have something to do with Area 51. (Knowing wink)

And on that note, off to Fete de la WSK’s final night.


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