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Music Mondays: Star Wars Main Title

The world first heard the Star Wars theme song in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It was written by composer, John Williams. It is one of the most recognizable theme songs in the universe. It is also known as "Luke's Theme."

"When I thought of a theme for Luke and his adventures, I composed a melody that reflected the brassy, bold, masculine and noble qualities I saw in the character."

              -John Williams


You can hear this theme song woven into other Star Wars movies that would follow Episode IV. It is a very majestic anthem that creates a feeling of hope. It was confirmed last year that John Williams is involved in scoring the music the The Force Awakens. It will be exciting to hear how he incorporates some familiar Star Wars melodies into the new movie. 

Several years ago the Star Wars Concert Tour happened and MacSparky and I were able to see it. There was a full orchestra plus a choir (for Phantom Menace music) that played to a full audience of Star Wars fans. Anthony Daniels (C3PO) was a master of ceremonies that evening. It was a memorable evening. If you ever get a chance to see a full orchestra play some Star Wars music live, it's really beautiful. Here's a link to a video clip of John Williams conducting the Boston Pops.



The Star Wars Main Title has gone to spawn a hit disco version known as Meco's Star Wars and Other Galactic Fun. Released in 1977, it would go on to be a number one hit that year. 



SNL even has a famous skit where Bill Murray is a lounge singer who sang these lyrics to the Star Wars theme song:

Oh Star Wars,
Nothing but Star Wars,
Give me those Star Wars,
Dont let them end.
Oh Star Wars,
If they should bar wars,
Please let these Star Wars

The entire Star Wars music catalog from the movies is really a great collection to have. It's great for long road trips. That John Williams is quite a composer. Personally, I don't recommend listening to it while you are driving on the freeway. The Star Wars Main Title really makes you want to go into "light speed".

For many fans, this day is another reason to celebrate all things Star Wars.