[ Song of the Week ] John Williams – "Rey's Theme"

from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

For the last weekend of 2019, I went and saw Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, so I thought it might be nice to end the year with the theme for the main character of the final trilogy, and one of my favorite Star Wars characters overall.

Here is Rey’s theme from The Force Awakens, performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2017, conducted by none other than John Williams himself.

This means something…

My all-time favorite film is Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and that includes its score by John Williams. Most folks are familiar with the five note motif associated with the film, but there are several other themes in the score which are just as memorable to me, if not moreso.

This piece of music introduces one of those other themes, as it accompanies the scene in which Roy Neary finally discovers what his visions mean.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind soundtrack (1977)