Just in case you needed another reason to adore the cast of The Flash after last night’s amazing episode, check out this beautiful gospel rendition of the Firefly theme song, “The Ballad of Serenity,” from stars Jesse L. Martin (Joe), Carlos Valdes (Cisco), and Rick Cosnett (Eddie) and try not to feel things. Go ahead. I dare you.
Jesse, Carlos, and Rick apparently pulled the thing together after Firefly creator Joss Whedon contributed “an outstanding amount” to the Kickstarter campaign for The Letter Carrier, a proposed musical short film set in the 1860s about a family hiding in secluded mountains and the “chilling lore [that] allows them to live free from bondage.”
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) March 24, 2015
Why this is perfect.
I love when my favorite storytellers seem to like and appreciate one another, and I tear up at basically any mention of Firefly, so this video more or less made my day. This song also seems a particularly sweet way to pay gratitude to Joss given that he wrote “The Ballad of Serenity.”
Further cultural context: Firefly was inspired by the book Killer Angels, a nonfiction retelling of the Battle of Gettsyburg. Joss told Scifi.com in an interview on the subject:
“It’s a very detailed account of the Battle of Gettysburg that I read in London when I was on one of my vacations where I didn’t write anything, but I did come up with Firefly and a couple other shows. I read The Killer Angels. The minutia of the Battle of Gettysburg and the lives of the people in it really made Firefly just pop out of my head. I want to get into people’s lives this intimately. I want to do it in the future and show that the future is the past. So I built the structure of the world and the look of the show on the Reconstruction Era.”
The Battle of Gettysburg took place in 1863, right around the same time The Letter Carrier is set.