We all know that no promotion is necessary for Star Wars, especially for Rogue One. This posting is definitely not one of them. Here's a short take about the theme song, so read on:
The popularity of the Star Wars franchise is phenomenal. Gripping the world since the series appeared, the movies have made more money than many other epic space-theme blockbusters. Similarly in Singapore, that has a zillion film buffs, Star Wars is truly a force that may be with us for many years to come.
For me, I became aware of the movie when I caught the bug, possibly at the Odeon Cinema at North Bridge Road around the late 70's. The fever caught on as the itch for this space opera with the world spread.
But strangely, I didn't collect the plastic characters that came along, nor the colorful books that accompanied the movies at the cinema lobbies. The costumes on sale didn't attract me either. I just love the Star Wars theme song and the panorama of its music.
The Theme Music:
In many of the postings on this blog where I try to explain the influence of western music on our own Singapore music, Star Wars Theme has the same magic on its listeners. And like many young people who love music, my own grand children became familiar with John Williams' magnum opus and love it.
And when the SSO, in a 2013 Concert had on its list to feature it, my grandson and I rushed to Woodlands Polytechnic (that's far for us) to catch Jason Lai conducting the piece.
Whether it's Wagner's operas, modernist orchestral writing or whatchamacallit that had influenced the music, many a child, adult or alien have been mesmerized by its spectacular introductory bars and beautiful scoring. No classical music knowledge needed here because we all know great melodies when we hear one. Telstar (The Ventures), E.T. and Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey 2001 (Presley Theme) are two.
My two sons saw the whole series, talked about them, bought the collectibles, bought the light sabers and re-told the stories to their kids. Their children, heard the stories, collected the lot again and bought the improved version of the whew, whew. I guess this cycle is on repeat mode everywhere in the world.
Whatever, it's the theme music that will live on in everyone's mind and not the paraphernalia that comes with it. Remember the theme songs for Love Story, the James Bond series, Hawaii Five-0, Mission: Impossible? Can you really remember the plot of each movie? Or are the tunes clearer in your mind?
What do you say?
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You Tube Video: Star Wars Theme from Coltsrock56.
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