The universe sings sometimes

Spirit portal in Republic City

A friend recently sent me a link to the 2014 Playfest performance of Jeremy Zuckerman’s Legend of Korra Suite. It’s a beautiful synthesis of the series’ music, but the Season 4 finale’s closing track remains my favorite:

J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium begins with Ilúvatar and the Ainur weaving the universe from song. I think about that every time I hear music from Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Some people might sneer at the notion of pop culture soundtracks being any kind of exquisite, but these scores make a damn good case against that view.

Here’s Zuckerman discussing this track on an episode of the excellent Song Exploder podcast.