Duel Of The Fates

Today we went up to town to have my winter tyres put on the car. While we were waiting we went for a coffee. By the time we got back to the garage we also had a PS4 bundle with the Star Wars Battlefront game. Talk about impulse!!

Don’t ask me if the game is any good – I’m most definitely not the gamer in this house!!

So for no other reason than Star Wars enjoy something a bit orchestral!

Duel Of The Fates was first used in the first of the prequel films The Phantom Menace (where Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are battling Darth Maul). The piece of music has also been used in various forms in Episodes 2 and 3 and various other Star Wars related games.

This piece as was written by the legend that is John Williams who has worked on all seven Star Wars movies to date (I’m sure it will end up being all nine). If you’ve watched films from the last 50 years you’ll no doubt have heard some of his music (ET, Indiana Jones, Superman, Jaws, Home Alone, Schindler’s List).

The music was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra – who have also been involved with every Star Wars movie – and the London Voices choir. The song is sung in the sacred language of Hinddinism, Sanskrit. With the lyrics taken from an old Welsh poem – Cad Goddeu (Battle of the Trees).

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Desert Rose

Long ago I was at my parents and my dad was (very badly) singing this while he had the cd playing. Dad and me share some taste in music (I got the taste for Tears for Fears off him) and anyway, I fell in love with this song. While I got some things off my dad, I don’t think I have a rush to go out and read Louis L’Amour just yet, so admitting to Desert Rose, I think I’m safe.

Originally posted on Jukebox20 July 29th 2007.

The wife and I originally did something like this way back in 2007 on Live Journal. Every once in a while when I do a search for something I occasionally Jukebox20 links pop up.

This morning I’ve had a scroll through, I never realised it was going for so long – nearly 18 months and over 200 posts!  My first post was by Metallica – who I haven’t got around to doing yet! and Snowy’s was the very first post on the site and it was a B-52’s song.

I think now I’ve found it again, and surprisingly all the write ups are still there I think I might revisit it every now and again, like some kind of flashback Thursday but maybe on a Sunday – I just need a catchy tag!

Anyway, Snowy, this one’s for you.  I know it means a lot to you. xxx