I don't remember when I first heard the classic Jimmy Webb song, “Up, Up and Away.” But sometime in rock's golden age, the sunny pop tune invaded my preschool mind.
It wasn’t just the melody that got to me. It was the message of this amorphous balloon floating through the sky. And the thought anyone could try that.
The Helium Age is songs about innocence (“Angels in the Snow,” “Careless World”), time (“Greyhound,” “Forever”), art and love (“F. Scott and Everything He Wrote,” “S.O.S.”).
When I started thinking about the balloon a few years ago, I didn’t really know why. It seemed random.