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Thu 29 Dec 16 #1 
jmaxg
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Reddit.com is having heart palpitations. Platitudes are being offered from Star Trek subreddits, Doctor Who subreddits, Dune subreddits and other notable sci-fi subreddits to Star Wars and associated subreddits in commiseration. It mostly heartfelt and genuine.

But what is it about?

Ms. Fisher herself should be lauded and her death commemerated for the battle she fought regarding mental health and her attitude toward it. Her's was an ongoing strength when she would quite often declare that her brain was not firing quite right. But that never stopped her.

She heard the voices inside her head and she accepted them. She then worked out which made sense and which did not. That was brave. That bit alone was pure Carrie Fisher not as a superhero or some version of Princess Leia, although maybe her role had something to do with it. But she worked it out. She figured out a way and it worked for her.

But as for the world's love for Carrie and her one role?

This is John William's "Princess Leia's theme" (4:46 secs).....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDZa6SdnAgo

Listen to it and relative to both Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher, see if you can hold back the grieving.

It is so powerful.

 




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Thu 29 Dec 16 #2 
jmaxg
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And it's sad to announce, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher's mother, has also passed on. Died of a stroke this day.

Debbie Reynolds - Singing In The Rain - Good Morning

Such a grand Hollywood personality. Gene Kelly once hated her because she was so young. But she stepped up and became the professional Gene wanted her to be. Of course, that was "Singing In The Rain" (1952) and she was nineteen years old.

The news of her passing is so sad to me.




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Thu 29 Dec 16 #3 
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I would understand if the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences requests that John Williams conduct "Princess Leia's Theme" as at the next "passing parade" relative to the Academy Awards.

If they do that, it will be the most emotional in Academy Award history.

We need some closure relative to 2016. That might help.




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Thu 29 Dec 16 #4 
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Has anybody here listened to documentaries where John Williams talk about his music?

He basically feels everything he does is crap. Why? Because HE feels it doesn't measure up to Mozart or Beethoven. It's just stuff he does to "fit the bill."

Whilst he's allowed to think that because he is trained enough, all I'd like to say is what he does may mean the difference between liking a film and loving it to mortals like us.

And "Princess Leia's Theme" gives us a way to mourn when many of us don't know if we should be mourning because we didn't know Carrie Fisher personally.

But for some reason, we have to mourn anyway.




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Thu 29 Dec 16 #5 
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I first knew of the track back in 1977 when I bought the Star Wars soundtrack double vinyl album.

I did not know of the significance of the track all the way back then although even as a young male, "Princess Leia's Theme" made me cry. She was a person in desperate need of help, but who watched the entirety of her people be extinguished in a heart beat. Her theme to me is heroic but sad all at the same time. It seemed to say she was devastated, but somehow figured out how to hang on.

John Williams got it right.

This not only Princess Leia's theme, it's Carrie Fisher's theme.




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Thu 29 Dec 16 #6 
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But now there is Debbie too.

Can 2016 get any worse?




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