Alexander Courage, the composer of the Star Trek original series theme song, died May 15 at his home in Pacific Palisades.
It’s hard to imagine Trek without those first eight notes--the part of a musical piece that composers name the fanfare. It is particularly fitting in this case, given that its call has summoned fans for over forty years. It is the seminal geek hymn, the march for the true believer. Those eight perfect notes, noble, grand and heroic, that still, these many years later, have the power to fill my heart with wonder and hope for the possibilities of the future of humankind.
Thank you, Alexander Courage for deciding that day to compose the music that speaks your name.
So say we all.