View Full Version : Help me with a theme song

2013-08-28, 03:06 AM
My GM assigned us to find a theme song for our characters but, after scouring youtube and google for every song that came to mind, I've hit a bit of a wall so I thought I'd ask for some help. We are already a bit of a ways through the campaign so some things have developed.

A little about my character:

He is very charismatic and usually prefers to avoid violence however; if any of his friends or family are threatened he will not hesitate to put down that threat by any means necessary.

Normally he is very happy and a little eccentric but, he also has his rare
moments of seriousness (usually this is when someone has done something to put people in danger or when he actually has to act like the party leader)

He was born into nobility and will readily take responsibility for anything that is thrust upon him even when he really doesn't want it. The biggest one so far is that he has been given the task to usurp his brother (which he loves and admires dearly) from the throne because he has become a tyrant and is abusing his power. All the while, he is caring for his blind sister (npc played by GM) who thinks she can stand up to any foe even when the rest of the party is ready to run (ex: when we were facing off against 30 bandits, 2 bandit lords, and a mini boss, we tried to talk our way out of it but she insisted on stopping them and initiated combat).

2013-08-28, 04:59 AM
what class, age, sex is your character? what kind of setting are you playing and what is its mood? full instrumental or with lyrics? any genre you're looking into?

Dr. Yes
2013-08-28, 08:53 AM
We Are Family (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNAQ8LLptUo) comes to mind.

2013-08-28, 10:07 AM
If it doesn't have to be something with lyrics, Two Steps From Hell has songs that fit pretty much anything you can think of. As I'm at work, I can't give you any more precise recommendations but just hit up YT and you should find a ton of stuff.

2013-08-28, 10:22 AM
The three composers I'd look at for something like this are Holst, Dvorak (with a caret over the "r"), and John Williams. For that character, try "Jupiter" from Holst's "Planets" symphony (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz0b4STz1lo).

2013-08-28, 11:24 AM
If I might make an observation, I think you may be going about this the wrong way. Theme songs are there to reflect the personality of a character, rather than describe them. Going into it trying to find something that matches 'often they're like this, but sometimes they're like that and they have family history x' will not get you very far. What you're looking for is something that captures or evokes the same sort of feeling as your character (which has at least as much, probably more, to do with the music of a song as the lyrics).

With that in mind you need to focus more on an emotional impression of the character. So far, all you have to go in is that he's generally happy/optimistic and not particularly aggressive, which is all a bit vague. Focus more on the character's general personality, outlook and/or drive and that should help you narrow things down. Remember, you're looking for something that conveys the general feel of a character, rather a specific description.

Jay R
2013-08-28, 12:01 PM
Go with the best. Here are the theme songs from the Errol Flynn classics:

The Sea Hawk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxbYAOoXyPE) (Erich Korngold)

The Adventures of Robin Hood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9jsUaaoVJI) (Erich Korngold)

The Adventures of Don Juan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPgd8axr1kM) (Max Steiner)

2013-08-28, 01:41 PM
Are you looking for a *theme song* or a *theme*? I.e., are you looking for a single track or for a theme which has lots of variations (e.g. la Folia or a leitmotiv).