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My Favorite Songs from the Star Wars Universe

Make no mistake, I am a diehard ‘Star Wars‘ fan. And while I’ve not been to Star Wars Celebration and frankly despise ‘The Last Jedi,’ Star Wars is apart of who I am. For proof, here’s a picture of me at Lucasfilm, wearing an unlicensed Star Wars shirt, in front of an unrelated portrait of Vigo the Carpathian. I’m a geek through and through.

You don’t have Star Wars without John WIlliams. And nine films later; there is a lot of movie score to listen to. But there is a treasure trove of music from television and video games that’s deserving of your attention.

And even though we’re a long way out from the Eugene Symphony performance of The Return of the Jedi, which I’m very excited about, it is May the 4th. So let’s get into some Star Wars!

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

‘Ahsoka Leaves’ – Kevin Kiner : Fans of ‘The Mandalorian‘ will know Ahsoka Tano as the Jedi, which is a misnomer. In the series finale of  Clone Wars (2013) she actually left the Jedi order. First on this list, is a beautiful piece of music from that moment featuring a hint of John Williams’ ‘Binary Sunset’ intertwined into Ahsoka’s theme. It might very well be my favorite piece of Star Wars music.

‘Flight of the Shyyyo Bird’ – Stephen Barton & Gordy Haab : This 12 minute epic comes from the videogame ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order‘ and it takes you on a journey. The game is tightly wound to Order 66 but in this sequence our protagonist kind-of-Jedi Cal Kestis is climbing trees on Kashyyyk (Chewbacca’s homeworld), fighting in a lightsaber duel and befriending an elusive giant bird-dragon. It’s a heck of a video game, check it out if you haven’t already. The composition itself features a few recognizable flourishes but there is still a lot to love. Like when the Shyyyo theme kicks in the song soars and takes Star Wars music to new places.

‘L3 & Millennium Falcon’ – John Williams & John Powell : Solo got wrapped up in bad press, a terrible sequel and I think just too much Star Wars. But for me, ‘Solo‘ is the best Star Wars movie that Disney has made so far. Fan service aside, the movie is an adventure that I often re-watch. In this track, when the main theme kicks in… it’s just perfect.

‘A Flock of X-Wings Descend Into a Mountain’s Garden’ – Kevin Penkin : Although Star Wars Visions didn’t live up to the hype, the episodes that did work, worked really well. ‘The Village Bride‘ was one of those episodes. It had an interesting narrative, atypical of Star Wars and an absolutely remarkable score. The entire thing is worthy of a listen and is rather anti-Star Wars, sonically speaking. I also really love the title of this track.

‘It’s Over Now’ – Kevin Kiner : Kevin Kiner who also scored Clone Wars returned for its spiritual successor, ‘Rebels.’ ‘Rebels‘ is hands down my favorite story in all of Star Wars. I’m crazy excited to see these characters return in the new Ahsoka series on Disney+ sometime in 2023, maybe? We’ll see. ‘It’s Over Now’ plays on top of the amazing moments during the ‘Rebels‘ season 2 finale. It borrows very little from recognizable Star Wars themes, if any. It’s doing its own thing. ‘It’s Over Now’ is a powerful piece of music and if you haven’t seen ‘Rebels.’ Get on that!

Have any personal favorites? Or just want to talk Star Wars? Start the conversation on social and may the force be with you.

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