Sci-Fi Song #13: The Millennium Falcon for Christmas



The process of writing a few seasonal songs back in October gave me the idea to write a Sci-Fi themed Christmas song. Other than traditional carols, Christmas songs can come off as being pretty cheesy. This is my attempt at a sincere Christmas song with a Sci-Fi Theme.

Like many people my age, Star Wars played a huge role in my childhood (and a lot of my adulthood for that matter). When I was 6 years old, the only thing that I wanted for Christmas was the toy version of the Millennium Falcon.

The following song is a true story recounting the trials and tribulations that my mother went through in order to get the Millennium Falcon in time for Christmas day.

The Millennium Falcon for Christmas
by John Anealio
My parents took me to the movies
in the spring of 1979
Something happened to me
as we waited on that line

There was a New Hope in my life
Than later in that December
as we got closer to the holiday
My mother asked me to tell her
What I'd want for Christmas Day
There was just one thing on my mind
I just wanted the Millennium Falcon for Christmas
and a season full of cheer
I just wanted the Millennium Falcon for Christmas
but I didn't get it that year
And then in 1980
when the Empire Struck Back
The YT-1300
survived a Star Destroyer attack

I hoped that I was good enough that year

My mother went to the drugstore
and put the ship on layaway
They told her that it would be ready
in plenty of time for Christmas day

but on Christmas Eve it still wasn't there

I just wanted the Millennium Falcon for Christmas
I was good enough that year
I just wanted the Millennium Falcon for Christmas
and a season full of cheer

My mother cried when they told her that it wasn't there
The clerk said he was sorry but he couldn't find it anywhere
Please don't cry, they have one at our store 30 miles away
I'll go and pick it up so you can have it for Christmas day


Here are some of the tools that I used to record the track:
  1. Martin Acoustic Guitar in Open G tuning (DGDGBD)
  2. G&L ASAT Telecaster-style Electric Guitar in Open G tuning (DGDGBD)
  3. Washburn Bass Guitar
  4. Rode NT-3 microphone (to record the acoustic guitar and my vocals)
  5. Apple Logic Pro 8 recording software
    1. The EXS24 Sampler and EVP88 software instrument plug-ins for the synth and keyboard sounds.
    2. Logic's included compressor, delay, and reverb plug-ins
    3. The electric guitar parts were recorded through Logic's Guitar Amp Pro plug-in
    4. The drum parts were created using Beta Monkey's Drum Werks V loop collection

Related Posts:
  1. Sci-Fi Song #11: Lonesome October Night: A Halloween themed song based on the work of Roger Zelazny.
  2. Sci-Fi Song #10: Angels and Vampires: Another song appropriate for October.

17 comments:

  1. Ah, another fun one! I can certainly empathize with your thoughts, I *still* want a Millennium Falcon for Christmas!!!

    Question though, did your town re-release the movies or something because the first Star Wars filmed debuted in the spring of 1977, not 79.

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  2. I am still waiting on that CD of yours to come out!

    Oddly, my "word verification" sounds very Star Wars. It's asking me to type "pondomi" in.

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  3. Melissa: Thanks! I'm glad to hear that you like it.

    Carl: I did see the first Star Wars movie as a re-release. I remember going to see it at this little theater in my town that showed second run movies. I'm pretty sure that we saw a re-release of Star Wars as a second run movie, hence the 1979 date. I guess things were different in the pre-VHS/DVD era.

    Lou: That is awesome! You or one of your authors should create a character named "Pondomi" and use it in a novel.

    At some point I'll compile a bunch of these songs into a CD release. I'm just happy to hear that a lot of people are enjoying the songs.

    By the way, I finished reading Mike Resnick's Starship: Mutiny and I thought that it was amazing! I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

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  5. Thanks Tia,
    I'm happy to hear that you like it.

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  6. Wonderful! Nice job!

    See my Millennium Falcon collection here:
    http://home.comcast.net/~mikedemaine/db94/

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  7. Thanks Mike! That is a great collection that you have. Thanks for sharing the photos. I'm pretty sure that the Kenner Falcon circa 1977 was the one that I eventually got for Christmas.

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  8. Man this is SW on Top of the Pops!
    We share some interests such as SW, SF and music, maybe you can like my band at www.myspace.com/bandaklatu.
    Yes Klatu is wrote wrong, I miss one A to turn this word into portuguese, my born-language!
    Tell me what you think there!
    Regards
    lecoperes@gmail.com

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  9. Thanks for stopping by Leco. I enjoyed your music, especially the bass playing.

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  10. I love this song! You should do more of these. By the way, Star Wars podcast "The Force-Cast" featured your track on their latest musical mini-show. Check it out here: http://theforce.net/podcast/story/ForceCast_A_Galaxy_of_Music_Vol_21_120000.asp

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  11. Hi Eric,
    Happy to hear that you like the song. Thanks for the heads up on the Forcecast. I just checked it out. It was a thrill to hear the song right after the Billy Dee Williams dialog.

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