Last Post of the Day – Ballad Of Serenity – Firefly Theme Song
Shockingly, this post is not related to Jimmy Buffett or tropical stuff. I know, it’s different and the first time I’ve done this on a “Last Post of the Day” but I’m in a bit of a different mood tonight.
I’m a big fan of the TV show “Firefly” and the movie “Serenity” that was based off of it. I’m a science fiction fan, but it has to be good science fiction. This is really good stuff.
Firefly follows the crew of a transport ship named Serenity through their travels between planets as they try to make a living while staying out of the sights of the ruling Alliance. Captain Malcolm Reynolds purchased the ship after his side, the Independents, lost a war for independence from the Alliance. Simon and River Tam are fugitives from the Alliance, Jayne the mercenary has a thirst for money and skill with weapons, Inara is a “companion” and her trade is only legal in the United States in Nevada. Shepard Book is a preacher who decided to get out and spread the word instead of staying in the abbey, Kaylee is the (I think pretty good looking!) ship’s mechanic, and Wash is the pilot who happens to be married to Zoe, the ship’s first officer and one of Malcolm Reynolds’ fellow freedom fighters during the war.
It’s got adventure, rooting for the underdog, fighting for freedom, and great characters which is part of why it’s one of my favorite shows. The other reason it’s one of my favorite shows is the theme song. The song was written by the show’s creator, Joss Wheadon. Ballad of Serenity comes pretty close to how I feel on occasion. Sometimes when things aren’t going all that great, I just remember that I’m still free to do what I want as long as I’m OK with the consequences, that there’s a whole bunch of open road and open desert in Nevada, and that no matter what’s going on right at that moment, nobody knows the future, limitless opportunities abound if we only look for them, and that if we stick with it long enough, it will always get better
I was re-watching the pilot episode on Hulu.com when I came across this exchange which gets to the same point:
Of course, the song just has a great sound as well
I was able to find the opening sequence for the show on YouTube along with a place to download the .mp3 file for the song which I don’t ever think was released. The YouTube video’s below and you can right click and save as here for the .mp3.
How true it is – I’m still free, you can’t take the sky from me, and sometimes it’s enough to know that you’re still flyin’ even if flyin’ is just paying the bills and being able to afford to eat
Keep flyin’ everyone
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