February 7th, 2010

Loki riding

Julia Ecklar's "For the Need of the One"

At a K/S party at a Shore Leave convention in the 1980s, some time after the release of “The Wrath of Khan”, someone played a tape of this song and an entire roomfull of women were in tears. I hadn’t thought about this song in years, but accidentally ran into it on Youtube while searching for something else. (It’s not a vid, but it’d be wonderful it someone would make one...!)

This is “For the Need of the One” by Julia Ecklar. It’s Spock’s dying thoughts from TWOK.

It’s simple, short, and as moving now as it was all those years ago. In just a few words she references Spock’s behavior in STTMP, the Kobyashi Maru, and the deep emotion between Spock and Kirk.


It’s hard to pick a favorite line, but this one always brought tears to my eyes:

“There were none left but old friends and children
and I could not let their deaths weigh on me.”