Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Man With The Baton: Exploring the Magic of Star Wars Music


Winter 2017 is slowly approaching. As I am writing this article, John Williams is in the studio recording the music for The Last Jedi. If we could get a tease to Williams’ musical mastery currently taking place in studio, fans would be overjoyed with excitement. Who knows, come Star Wars Celebration and the highly anticipated trailer for December’s The Last Jedi, maybe the wishes of myself and many fans will become a reality. Star Wars is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, and John Williams has composed all seven installments of the the Star Wars Trilogy. Yes, that means fan favorites such as ‘Imperial Attack’ for Episode IV: New Hope and Rey’s Theme from The Force Awakens.


What kind of music are we expecting to hear as we are watching The Last Jedi? I think it would be very remarkable that the music, being the second film in this new trilogy, have a new spark to it. Something on the lines of a Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi harmony. In those two films the music captures the true essence of the Star Wars. In my opinion I feel that both of these classic productions bring a glimpse of nostalgia stemming back to a time when scores took a larger role in the production of blockbuster films.


I know, even the prequels hit their mark when it came to music.


As a fan of the music, I would love to see changes, specifically when it comes to the composition of Star Wars music. Keep it eerie, and make fans want to binge-listen every second of it. I love listening and reading other Star Wars fans opinions of the music in this galaxy far far away. The Star Wars community has a great platform to express their thoughts on the music, whether it is satisfying to them or not. This music has become part of our daily commute, our evening chill-outs and even gatherings as fans. Listening to John Williams, in every way possible, has become a pastime for all of us.



Sean Michaud
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Solitude: Tatooine's Greatest Secret


Kenobi.


The man portrayed by Sir Alec Guinness. The master reprised by Ewan McGregor. The legend recently voiced by Stephen Stanton.


Other than Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker, there are few Jedi that have taken on a role like Obi-Wan Kenobi in that galaxy far far away. He has the ability to find humor in the most difficult of situations. To make a teaching moment stretch across multiple time-frames in the Star Wars Universe. To say just one word in the latest Star Wars saga films and send the entire audience into shock. This is the man that we have come to appreciate in every way possible, and in doing so, have allowed for his story to be continually told.


There is more to be told however.


Like in any modern religion or belief, the ability to ‘tap into’ outside forces can be both influential and life changing. For Obi-Wan, his relationship with Qui-Gon spanned beyond a ‘master to padawan’ connection. As Yoda said to Kenobi at the conclusion of Revenge of The Sith, “In your solitude on Tatooine, training I have for you”. In this moment, Yoda reveals the presence of Qui-Gon as a ‘Force ghost’, and the chance for Obi-Wan to once again reconnect with his old master. In his solitude, Kenobi became not only a different man, but a non-traditional Jedi. A protector of both the Force and it’s last living “hope”.


Recently in Star Wars Rebels, specifically ‘Twin Suns’, Obi-Wan Kenobi returned to the screen to fans’ excitement. David Filoni and the story-team recently spoke in an episode of Star Wars ‘Rebels Recon’ to the addition of Obi-Wan in the animated storyline. Pablo Hidalgo tells host Andi Gutierrez, “Kenobi is in a very different place”. Henry Gilroy, co-producer on Star Wars Rebels said as well that, “Obi Wan is likely doing a lot of meditating on the force, and probably deepening himself.. and he’s learning those techniques that Qui-Gon is exploring”.


Obi Wan was most certainly not sitting at Starbucks and working on his life story, as many of us Star Wars fans began to believe after the prequels.


The Obi-Wan Kenobi that we get to know in A New Hope does not stem from his most traditional teachings. Much like Luke Skywalker, his connection to the past is what drives his success and his eventual path as a Jedi. Having Qui-Gon guide Obi-Wan changed the course of the Star Wars Universe. The Kenobi that we get to know over the course of the Original Trilogy is a more mature, older and wiser Jedi Master. A Jedi who has reflected on the past and understands that previous methods of progress were doing the complete opposite. As Qui-Gon Jinn explains to Obi-Wan in the prequels, use your judgement and self-trust to guide your path. Simply, do not let outside factors play into your guidance as a teacher and mentor.


In his solitude on Tatooine, it is safe to say that Obi-Wan Kenobi shared the truths of the Jedi Order and reflected on Yoda’s concerns during the time of The Republic with Qui-Gon Jinn. What went wrong and how to restructure the Jedi Order in a way that focuses on the true nature of the Force.


As a Jedi Master who centralized all thoughts on the ‘natural force’ and not being blinded by the Dark Side, Qui-Gon wanted to assure his padawan that changes are brought upon life for a reason. Living by the book can be dangerous, because it does not allow room to grow and explore through natural belief. As the Jedi Master says in The Phantom Menace to young Anakin Skywalker, “Always remember, your focus determines your reality”. Obi-Wan later says to young Luke Skywalker, “Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view”. Like Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan Kenobi finds the reality of the Force in how each individual handles it’s delicacy. Simply, how does a Jedi handle experiences that change the course of his or her life. This became the determining factor in how each Jedi continued their practice, as we see being played out in the newest trilogy.


Yes, I am saying there is a chance that Qui-Gon Jinn himself possibly pondered these thoughts alongside his apprentice to create and format what we now see as ‘the Force’ in today’s stories being told.

The Obi-Wan that we got to know as Star Wars fans has changed over the years. As with any character in this galaxy far far away, one story leads to ten or more countless others. The Last Jedi is at our heels, and as a community, the news is just around the corner. The tales of Kenobi have room to expand and come into fruition once December rolls around I believe. Until then, let us continue the conversation and hypothesize. Will he make his presence felt in the upcoming film, or does the story team have other plans for Obi-Wan? Whatever the arrangement is, we do know this. There will be ‘another happy landing’ for fans around the world. The surface has only been scratched, and the Star Wars Universe is ready for more.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Talkin' Star Wars 'Aftermath: Empire's End' Spoilers Review


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Vote 'Brick City Blockade Podcast' in the 2017 Star Wars Podcast Awards


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Monday, March 6, 2017

Blockades, Blasters & Baseball: New England Star Wars Fan Meet-Up


Star Wars Night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium 
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New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Akron RubberDucks 

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'Discussing that Galaxy Far Far Away from the Granite State' 



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