Complete your training and enjoy your run with StarWars.com's custom playlist.
As a child of the '80s, I'm a firm believer in the art of the mixtape and mix CD, or, now in this digital age, the playlist. And it is an art form. As any music nerd who enjoys making playlists will tell you, track selection is key -- you want to establish and change moods and flows, and take the listener on a journey. One poor choice and the whole playlist can be ruined, or thrown off course. It's serious business!
And as a runner, playlists are an even bigger part of my life. I listen to one almost every time I lace up my sneakers and get out there.
To celebrate the upcoming runDisney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend, I've had the privilege to curate an official Apple Music playlist of Star Wars music from across the saga. Enjoy it in these final days of preparation, and maybe even during your runs at the event. You can listen to it at Apple Music; below you'll find a track listing and, in proper music-nerd fashion, my own commentary/digital liner notes on each composition and why I chose it. May the music be with you...and good luck!
1. "Main Title" - Star Wars: A New Hope
The opening track of any playlist is hugely important. When I make playlists, I usually try to start them out with something that will draw the listener in but isn't overpowering, maybe something a little lesser known. I experimented with that here, but nothing I came up with could compare to the music that actually kicked off Star Wars. It's just too perfect an opener.
2. "Rey's Theme" - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
After the thrilling bombast of "Main Title," we come down a bit -- but not for long. I love how "Rey's Theme" builds and builds, first with quiet flutes and then swelling strings and brass. It keeps the momentum going for a run, but without an overly-chaotic energy.
There’s still time to complete your training! Learn more about Star Wars Rival Run Weekend taking place April 4-7, 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort on the runDisney site.
Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.