The Best Fucking Opening Song Ever

I give to you the best opening theme ever created. The @blacksailsstarz opening title sequence.

Written by the incredibly talented composer: Bear McCreary (Walking Dead, 10 Cloverfield Lane).

Stop. Watch. Listen.

Listen again.

Now, even if you haven’t seen the show, I’m willing to bet you know what it’s about just by listening. (It’s a great show BTW, but that’s beside the point)

Listen to the instrumentation. It’s so dead on. It’s so Pirate-y. It’s exciting and thrilling. You can hear how the rhythm sways like water crashing against a ship. You can feel the chorus sway with rum in their hands back and forth singing as the ship sails into battle.

And what’s that? A Hurdy Gurdy!!!! Seriously!?? How awesome is that?

My favorites are the piano stabs. On an old console piano, slightly out of tune, it’s just a brilliant choice. You know, the modern piano is credited as being made in the early 1700s, and the Republic of Pirates, which existed at the same time,  most likely did not even have one.  And so, it is even a more inspired choice and fits perfectly. I can just envision a beer and rum soaked piano on Nassau in the corner of a pub when I hear it. I literally mimic them on my leg every time the show comes on.

My god, it’s damn near Metal in its enthusiasm and swagger.

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Now that you’ve heard it, let’s go behind the scenes. Have you ever heard a Hurdy Gurdy rock so hard? No, I think not.

 

And here are the Black Sails singers.

 

It is the best Opening Title Song ever. Perfect in composition, tone, instrumentation, and performance.

Bear McCreary is a goddamned national treasure.