It’s not often that I find myself completely shut down by bad weather. However after four days of near constant rain, with a looming publication deadline, unchangeable flights bookings due to holiday peak season demand and a faint glimmer of hope in the forecast, it became a case of simply waiting it out.
After exhausting all the scouting opportunities around the project and exhausting myself in the hotel gym, there was little to do but stare out the window of my hotel room while the laptop randomly threw out tunes from my music library.
With dusk approaching, no doubt considerably earlier due to the unrelentingly oppressive weather, the lights of the nearby towers spluttered to life. The low, fast-moving clouds engulfed the tower tops, spraying a diffuse neon glow across the sky as the ribbons of commuting car lights winding their way home glistened against the sodden roads below. This truly felt like a window onto another world.
As if reading my reflective mood, the muted tones of the original Vangelis score to Blade Runner wafted out across the room. Most fittingly, it was the very last track where Roy (played by the amazing Rutger Hauer) offers one of the most moving death soliloquies in cinematic history .
“I’ve… seen things you people wouldn’t believe… Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those… moments… will be lost in time, like tears… in… rain.”
More than thirty years after that film was released, those worlds and those words, continue to delight and inspire me.