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“It’s probably under the moonlight that we see that black boys can be blue, can be sad and sullen and intimate,” he said. “It’s under starlight that we see them differently, or that we get the chance to.”

“Because we rarely see ourselves in those hues or under that gauze. We see ourselves in the harsh police light or the amber of street lights, but what is it when the reflection of the sun in the moon is sitting on these bodies. What beauty can we see?”

- Tarell McCraney

Star's Tree of Hope
Brian H. Kim
Star's Tree of Hope

From Star vs. the Forces of Evil - Baby.

That title “Tree of Hope” isn’t canon or anything, so don’t go reading into it. More like, “Brian needs to name this cue something, that tree looks hopeful… TREE OF HOPE, boom.”

The artwork and animation in this scene are so beautiful, I felt like I was just trying to keep up. I love that the scene doesn’t really resolve; we’re not sure what this new discovery means to Baby in the moment, or for Star in the long run. 

I also made sure to give this cue an Eastern bent. There’s something very classic anime about this scene – it feels Rintaro-y to me – so I wanted to push the instrumentation in that direction while still staying in the SVTFOE palette.

Thanks to the fans who have reached out to tell me how much they liked the music in this scene. Always nice to hear. :)

Waiting for Me
Brian H. Kim
Waiting for Me

From Star vs. the Forces of Evil - Bon Bon the Birthday Clown.

Hey it’s me singing! Here are the lyrics:
Darned if I knew / that I’d find you / in the last place I thought you would be / What could I do / ‘till I saw you / waiting for me / And if I catch your eye / it feels like I could fly / Out from my lonely world into yours

And then I stopped writing because the scene stopped.

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This is the first of two new videos today. Watch this one first.

Off the top of your head, could you sing the theme from Star Wars? How about James Bond? Or Harry Potter? But here’s the kicker: can you sing any theme from a Marvel film? Despite 13 films and 10 billion dollars at the box office, the Marvel Cinematic Universe lacks a distinctive musical identity or approach. So let’s try to answer the question: what is missing from Marvel music?

This video was made by
Brian Satterwhite: https://twitter.com/bmsatter
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Tony Zhou: https://twitter.com/tonyszhou