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Weekend Playlist: Songs About Firefly

On to a new group of songs!

The first block of music (five weeks, plus a break and reader feedback) saw songs about books, zombies, Star Wars, and more, and with this new block, we’ve got some interesting things lined up.

First up, a group of songs about one of my favorite TV Shows of all time: Firefly. This short-lived television show and movie need little introduction from readers of the site, but something that I found interesting about it is that there’s a growing number of songs about the various characters and the story itself.

“In The Black” by Marian Call
“Vera Flew The Coop” by Miran Call
“It’s Good to Have Jayne By Your Side” by Marian Call

Marian Call is the first artist that should come to mind. She’s been long linked to the franchise through some of her best songs, commissioning several from fans. What I appreciate from Marian is not only her musical style and fantastic voice, but how her music is a bit more subtle: she doesn’t go out of her way to show you that her song is about the series, but puts together something that works well on its own. It’s not the only approach for music like this, but I think it’s one of the stronger methods.

“In the Black” feels very much like it taps into the relationship between Mal and Inara, Vera flew the Coop is well, about her favorite fictional firearm, and Jayne is about the man who wields Vera. She’s written some other fantastic geeky stuff, and we’ll take a look in more detail later.

“The Hero of Canton” by The Browncoats

This was a fun cover of the “Hero of Canton” that I came across a couple of years ago, with an awesome music video to boot. It’s easily one of the funniest videos I’ve seen in a while.

“MAL” by Adam WarRock & Mikal kHill

I’m beginning to wonder if Nerdcore has any limits. Adam WarRock recently released an EP (Free, here.) of Browncoat nerdcore, and it absolutely rocks. “Mal” is one of my favorite tracks off of the album, and it takes on an entirely new sound, mixing bluegrass with rap. Fantastic.

“Summer Glau” by John Anealio

SF Signal alum John Anealio is no stranger to this column, and it’s no surprise that he’s got something from the Firefly universe. Summer Glau, the actress who plays River from the show, gets the song treatment here, with a great tune that really captures River, but also her arresting performance as the character.

This is a song that I came across not too long ago, part of a larger body of music. It’s a nice, easy song, one that I really like the sound of, while really capturing the central figure in the show wonderfully.

“The Hero of Canton” by Adam Baldwin

Jayne! The man they call Jayne! One of the things that I loved about Firefly was that there was a wicked blend of humor that went along with some rather serious content. The Hero of Canton was a great episode with lighter moments. One of the highlights of the DVD set was the easter egg of Adam Baldwin singing the song for his own character.

“Main Theme” by Sonny Rhodes

And, how can we not end this week with *the* most recognizable song out there, the theme song for the show itself? With lyrics written by Joss Whedon and vocals from Sonny Rhodes, the song stands well on its own, and essentially brings out the characters and story of the show. It’s unexpected, but it fits with the tone and feel perfectly. I was hooked on Firefly the moment the credits came up.

What is your favorite song about Firefly?

Next week, we’ll have a short list, involving Clones and Lunar bodies.

About Andrew Liptak (174 Articles)
Andrew Liptak is a freelance writer and historian from Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015. He can be found over at www.andrewliptak.com and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.

4 Comments on Weekend Playlist: Songs About Firefly

  1. Don’t forget Earth that Was by Star One. Probably the Firefly-song there is. 😉

  2. “Got to Fly” by Marian Call is pretty good too (it’s about Starbuck):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QjAi-c0OF4

     

  3. 1 of the extras in the Firefly DVD set is a clip of Joss singing the theme acapella.  He’s a much better producer/director/writer than he is a singer.

     

  4. haha thanks – I really wish that show didn’t end so quickly!

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