Tonight at midnight, you can again catch me LIVE on Robert Daniels‘ radio program VISIONS IN SOUND. Tune in locally on your FM dial to CKWR 98.5, or elsewhere, just click “listen live” via their website! The show runs from midnight to 2 am (ET). Coffee?
Tonight’s subject: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! The brand spanking new soundtrack by John Williams.
This will be our first time hearing it. Last week, Rob and I covered the music from the classic trilogy also composed by John Williams. We had an amazing time talking about the music, what it means to us as fans, and what it does for the films. Tonight will be interesting because I have no idea what the music sounds like! I am hoping to see The Force Awakens this morning or afternoon. One thing I mentioned to Rob last week (and I can’t even remember if this was on or off the air) was that this is the movie we have really been waiting for since 1983.
In ’83 when the credits rolled, all we really wanted to know was “what happens next?” Lucas had long teased us with the idea of three trilogies, but after Jedi it soon seemed unlikely that a sequel trilogy would ever happen. In 1983, we didn’t care about whatever happened Episodes I, II, or III. Many of us consider that to be backstory that would be better off left to the imagination. Kind of like reading the indices in a Tolkien book. We really wanted to see what happened next with Luke, Leia and Han. Would Luke become the most powerful Jedi ever? What new threats would emerge now that Vader and the Emperor were dead? And most interestingly, would Luke find and train new Jedi Knights, as Yoda instructed him? “Pass on what you have learned.”
That’s what we wanted to see. Then Lucas crapped out and said, “No more Star Wars. We’re done.”
By the time 1994 rolled around, his tune changed. It was Jurassic Park that did it. Lucas became enamoured with computers and said, “Now we have the technology to go and do Star Wars the way I always wanted to do it.” He began work, and as the prequels emerged from 1999-2005, Lucas often said “I only have ideas for six movies. That’s all there is. There are no sequels. The story is about Anakin Skywalker’s fall and redemption.” Yada, yada, yada….
I’ve always believed that George Lucas, much like his creation Han Solo, was just “making it up as he goes”. Although George did come up with story ideas for Star Wars Episode VII and beyond, what we will see today is a brand new creation. Lucas always said that if there were to be any sequels, they would be about Darth Vader’s grandchildren with Luke playing a mentoring role, like Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Today, we finally find out.
But tonight, I hope you’re able to tune in and catch what I assume and hope to be some incredible music. The Force Awakens will be the seventh Star Wars film composed by John Williams, and I am certain that it will be a treat. I’ve already reviewed all the classic trilogy soundtracks already, so if you need to catch up before the awakening, here they are:
- Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope special edition soundtrack
- Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back special edition soundtrack
- Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi special edition soundtrack
Check in tonight, and may the Force be with you! Always.
EDIT: Stream the show now, right here:
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