While some fangirls write fanfiction to express their love of certain characters, others write song lyrics.
Dani, who goes by starwarspunk on her YouTube channel, enjoys writing songs about characters in the Star Wars universe.
“I was so in awe when I heard the song parody, “The Saga Begins” by Weird Al Yankovic. The way he so effortlessly told the entire story of The Phantom Menace in a catchy, memorable and non-awkward manner was the coolest thing I had ever heard.” She says that she was inspired to write her own Star Wars parodies so that she could sing about Star Wars while listening to the radio.
Every Star Wars fan you meet has their own story explaining a situation that made them a fan—albeit the first time they saw one of the films as a kid or a memorable scene. “I had my first experience with Star Wars in summer of 1999,” says fangirl Dani “Although I really enjoyed A New Hope, the moment Chewbacca and Lando departed on the Millennium Falcon to rescue Han Solo from Jabba’s palace, I knew I was completely hooked. I couldn’t get the ROTJ VHS tape in the VCR fast enough! The dialog, the characters, the music, the story, and essentially everything about the trilogy to me was perfect.”
Dani explains that she was fortunate to catch The Phantom Menace right as it was about to exit the theaters, but felt sad after seeing the film since she knew that she would have to wait three years before seeing the next installment in the saga. “I began checking out EU books from the library, learning how to play the songs from the soundtrack, buying action figures in hopes of re-creating Jabba’s palace, debating with people on Star Wars message boards and that’s when I realized I had taken my first step into a much larger world: the world of being a dedicated Star Wars fan!”
Dani is musically inclined, and says that she is more comfortable expressing herself through her music and song lyrics then by writing, painting, or cosplaying. “In 2011, I finally got the courage to publicly post an original Star Wars song called, “What I Used to Be.” My purpose for writing this song was to share the emotions and thoughts I believed [Darth Revan] had although never explicitly stated on the screen or in a book. “
The Revan storyline was one that made an impact on Dani, and it’s one of her favorites. “Since I generally try to keep my characters aligned to light side, this was a complete shock much like Revan would have felt. When writing this specific song, I imagined the horror I (as Revan) felt upon the realization that my identity and memories were from a fictitious life and in fact, I once embraced the evil I was trying to defeat.”
Listen to “What I Used to Be” below:
“In a way, my songs are musical fan fiction, says Dani, “my lyrics tell the story and the melody sets my intended mood. The feedback I have received has been so encouraging and I am so excited to continue writing even more Star Wars songs in the future.
Her song “Give Up,” underlines the Jedi rule of no attachment while highlighting the growing fondness between Obi-Wan and Siri.
“In a way, the Jedi unintentionally encouraged forming attachments by maintaining the tradition of a master and apprentice relationship,” explains Dani. “In addition, the practice of identifying Force sensitives at an early age and removing them from their families also forced the Jedi to become the only family these potential Jedi candidates would ever depend on or know. While it was initially believed that all attachment could lead to the dark side, in the later years this belief is discarded, only proving that it perhaps it is possible for a Jedi to allow themselves to experience love and not turn to the dark side…unless your name is Anakin.”
Listen to “Give Up” below:
“Although Siri and Obi-Wan gave up the hope of a relationship out of respect to the Council, their feelings for each other never truly disappeared,” she explained. “At least, I like to think they never did.”
“Ahsoka’s Song,” is one of her newer songs. The lyrics “Eager to point out my flaws, but your pride will come first before the fall,” seem to point towards the judgmental nature of the Jedi council.
Listen to “Ahsoka’s Song,” below:
Dani enjoyed watching Ahsoka’s growth throughout the series, and says that she became one of her favorite characters.
“I was very disgusted with the Council’s dismissal towards her despite the loyalty and dedication she demonstrated throughout the entire Clone Wars. When Mace Windu attempted to justify the Council’s decisions by playing it off as if Ahsoka was simply going through a Jedi trial, it was evident that he was too proud to ever admit he had been wrong. In ROTS, Yoda and Mace Windu have a conversation about arrogance among the Jedi, yet they failed to recognize that they themselves also suffer from the flaws they find in others which eventually leads to their downfall. “What knowledge? There’s just ignorance” was a line I included to point out the hypocrisy within the most common form of the Jedi Code where it states, “There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.”
Dani said that when she’s writing songs, she tends to focus on the emotions that she personally feel towards the situations as if she was the one experiencing them while still being in line with the character’s behavior. “In order to do this, I research the character’s traits in their respective media appearances and also on Wookieepedia. For this particular song, I hope I was able to convey Ahsoka’s sadness with the betrayal she felt from the Council while also being determined and brave enough to begin a new life alone.”
Dani regularly writes new songs and uploads them to her YouTube channel starwarspunk. Be sure to check out her work and follow her channel for more of her “musical fan fiction!”