There has been a good amount of music associated with Joss Whedon’s career. While the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ episode ‘Once More, With Feeling’ and ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ immediately come to mind, many fans may forget that he co-wrote ‘Toy Story’, which features the award-winning songs of Randy Newman, and he directed an episode of ‘Glee’ in 2010 guest starring Neil Patrick Harris. Even the incredibly short-lived yet very beloved ‘Firefly’ has that memorable tune ‘Hero of Canton’ about Jayne Cobb giving money back to the mudders of Higgins’ Moon.
But if you think that the seminal space western needed more moments like that, then the musical stylings of The Fallen Stars are for you. The Americana rock band from Southern California believes that “a good story can break your heart and a driving guitar riff can put it back together again, all in the space of a three-minute song”, so they’ve combined that philosophy with their love for Whedon’s short-lived series for their latest music project.
As a tribute to Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Zoe Washburne, and the rest of the Serenity crew, Bobbo and Tracy Byrnes embarked on a project called ‘Leaves On The Wind’. In this creative endeavor, the duo are crafting songs inspired by each of the first and only season’s fourteen episodes. For instance, The Fallen Stars wrote ‘Goodnight Kiss’ as an ode to the episode ‘Our Mrs. Reynolds’ where we meet Christina Hendricks’ crafty con Saffron for the first time:
At this point, the pair has worked their way up to the tenth episode of the cult classic series, which has added up to two EPs so far. This also means that they’ve delivered their take on the popular song from ‘Jaynestown’. However, this version has updated the ballad with the true actions of the “Hero of Canton” and is presented as sort of a call and response from both Jayne and the mudders’ points of view:
If you’re interested in checking out more of the songs from The Fallen Stars’ ‘Leaves On The Wind’ project, be sure to head to their website to pick up the first two albums, watch the official music videos, and receive updates on the next installment.