I know somebody watched the video last year of Nick McKaig performing an a capella version of the Star Wars main theme and thought to themselves, “This is a pretty solid video and all, but what we really need is more violin. And more cowbell, but I could do without the cowbell.” A hundred trips to the wishing well later, and the ridiculously talented tag team of cosplay violinist Lindsey Stirling and a capella maestro Peter Hollens have put together a Star Wars medley that easily provokes the same sense of epic heroism that John Williams’ original score does so well.
If this were just performed on a stage (or in a cantina) full of cheering fans, it would be one thing, but the cosplay and production design seen here are both aces. There are deserts, forested areas, and dark corridors. There are Jedi robes, Wookies, Leia hairbuns, Darth Vaders, lightsabers and even a Boba Fett giving his best “Come at me, bro!” If you just imagine a planet blowing up in the background, then this is the perfect video.