Many fans have commented that The Force Awakens has so many layers and details that they grow to like it more on repeated viewings. I’ve certainly found that to be the case for me. Like the movie, the soundtrack also grows on you the more you listen to it. While it may not have an immediately apparent instant classic melody like the “Imperial March” or “Duel of the Fates,” tracks like “Rey’s Theme,” “Torn Apart,” and “The Jedi Steps” already are evoking strong emotions.
For that reason, I’ve been looking forward to the new episodes of RebelForce Radio’s series Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams for The Force Awakens. As expected, hosts David W. Collins and Jimmy Mac have delivered some great insights into the music.
This week’s episode, Volume 26, considers “Rey’s Theme” and Kylo Ren’s motif, as well as “Snoke” and “The March of the Resistance.” In particular, at about the 30-minute mark Collins compares “Rey’s Theme” with Ren’s theme and “Across the Stars” in ways that make a powerful musical connection. I listened to that section of the show a second time, it was so good.
The previous episode, Volume 25, began their discussion of The Force Awakens‘ music. They talk about the score as a whole, as well as the new recording of the “Main Theme” for this movie. They also begin their discussion of “Rey’s Theme,” worth a listen before picking up the continuing analysis in Volume 26.