Leia’s Theme (Ode to Carrie Fisher)

“…John Williams really got it particularly right with “Leia’s Theme”, unveiling itself during so many of her appearances through out the Star Wars trilogy. It begins shyly, obviously protective of itself, and perhaps the hope of the entire galaxy…”

People don’t get theme songs in real life. With the over commercialization of Hollywood, most film characters don’t get them anymore either. It’s no different in the Star Wars Universe, as only a handful of the thousands of both human and alien characters in the galaxy far far away were assigned personal theme songs. This elite club includes the heroic but troubled Anakin Skywalker, the infamous Jabba the Hutt, the eternally wise Yoda, and the lovely, and enduring Princess Leia. Not even Luke Skywalker got one, and he and Leia are brother and sister! (technically, the instantly recognizable “Star Wars Theme” is supposed to be Luke’s, but only by association.

The entire original score is awesome, but legendary composer John Williams really got it particularly right with “Leia’s Theme”, unveiling itself during so many of her appearances through out the Star Wars trilogy. It begins shyly, obviously protective of itself, and perhaps the hope of the entire galaxy, but builds up slowly, until overwhelming us with the powerful flood of emotion that only the most amazing women in our lives can make us feel; and all while never losing it’s grace.

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Has there ever been a hand on the hip so sassy, and yet so classy?

Despite being the Β beloved daughter of famous actress, singer, and entertainer Debbie Reynolds (Good Morning, Singing in the Rain), Carrie Fisher was far from being Princess Leia in real life. In fact, like her most famous role, Fisher’s life was filled with battles, and loss. She spoke openly, and authored books about her struggle against addictions, depression, and bipolar disorder (How many of us do that?). A lot like Princess Leia though, she fought with weapon in hand, and perhaps never really needed us to rescue her, but allowed us to gracefully…after all she was a Princess. ( “Help me…you’re my only hope.”)

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We’ve lost a great woman, but an icon of modern strength and traditional femininity will live forever (In the Force)

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