Video Game Music

The album I shared with my friends last week kind of introduced this documentary, but just in case you didn’t read that: A long, long time ago, one of my old coworkers shared this documentary about video game music with me. I don’t think it’s any secret that I enjoy good video game music. It’s not just games I love, I have music from games I’ve never played just because I heard it and thought it was cool. Continue reading

We May Now Enjoy the Dreams We Shared So Long Ago

For a couple of years some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Chicago – II (1970)

As a follow-up to The Transit Authority, Spencer is making his way through Chicago’s catalog. Also, I often forget how much Terry Kath’s voice reminds me of Jimi Hendrix‘s, but better. Continue reading

I’m in Love and it’s a Sunny Day

For almost two years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

The Beatles – Revolver (1966)

The Beatles are on Spotify (finally), so Spencer celebrated by sharing his favorite of their records. Continue reading

Not So Daisy Picture Perfect Anymore

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Bon Jovi – Lost Highway (2007)

Tim shared another Bon Jovi album. Some people might be annoyed that I’ve shared quite a bit of ska or video game music, but at least I’m not sharing the same three artists. The only times I’ve repeated an artist is because nobody reviewed them the last time, so I tried again. If a band drastically switched genres, I wouldn’t be so annoyed. But the game is more about giving others something that you like to listen to while they work, and not necessarily about always coming up with something new every week. So while it’s a little lazy, it’s not really that big of a deal. I just have to vent for a paragraph. On to the review. Continue reading

When You Think You’ve Got the World All Sussed Out

Some of my co-workers and I have been sharing some of our favorite music, rating them, reviewing them and sharing those reviews with one another. I thought I’d share my thoughts on their suggestions (and their thoughts on mine) with you here.

Here’s how I rate things. If I give something one star, it means I don’t think it qualifies as music. Five stars mean I wish I wrote the thing. Most music for me is a three.

Fleetwood Mac – Rumors (1977)

This is a classic. This is one of those albums (and artists) I got into because they influenced some of my influences (like Jack and White). I love almost every song on this album, but I bet my favorites aren’t the ones you’re thinking of.

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I Never Thought My Life Would End Up Quite this Way

Some of my co-workers and I started sharing some of our favorite music. We’ve been doing it for a while, but now we’re actually reviewing them and sharing those reviews with one another.

One of my coworkers participates in a contest every year called The 48-Hour Film Project. Essentially, you get a team of writers, actors, cinematographers, etc. together and at a designated time, the people running the contest give the team some parameters. The team then has 48 hours (hence the name) to write, shoot and edit a short film, which is then submitted at the end of those 48 hours. They hold a screening festival at some local theaters and the films are judged. Apparently it’s lots of fun. The point of me telling you all that is to explain why this week we all suggested some of our favorite soundtracks (at that one coworker’s suggestion). There was some debate if we were doing “official score” soundtracks or “music from the motion picture” soundtracks. Mostly, we just decided no “music inspired by the motion picture” soundtracks; the music actually had to be IN the movie.

I put a lot of thought into my suggestion.

Most of the soundtracks in my iTunes library are video game soundtracks, and many are from games I’ve never even played. There are some that are great, like Shadow of the Colossus (which is very atmospheric and good for when you have to do work and don’t want to concentrate too much on what you’re listening to) or Red Dead Redemption (which is great, but a lot of it is the same speed and in the same key, so potentially monotonous). I didn’t share them, but you should check them out.

There are others that I’d like to share, but might be too long for easy consumption. Two of my favourites are 3 hours and 10 hours long. So honorable mentions go out to The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Disneyland has a great soundtrack, but like many of the video games, there’s just too much there to practically consume in a short amount of time. So another honorable mention goes to the sounds of Disneyland.

While I could have pull out my favorite tracks from those, I think that would be cheating.

Speaking of cheating, I thought things like Cirque du Soleil‘s Beatles Love would be off-limits, since it’s a show based on already existing songs. And I thought things like That Thing You DoA Mighty Wind and other movies about music were just kind of cheap picks, but you should check them out.

There were quite a few “score”-type soundtracks, but I couldn’t decide which one to do, so I picked the only one I thought about sharing that was different.

First, here are the four soundtracks that were suggested to me this week. Continue reading

Won’t Those be the Days

Do you ever find yourself listening to one band for a while, not listening to them for months or even years, and then rediscovering them? This happens to me all the time. it even happens to me with books, movies and video games.

One of the oddest experiences is when I play one song on my guitar or piano and then start playing a riff or start singing words to a different song; one I wrote years ago and stopped playing because it was juvenile and not worth keeping in my repertoire. Suddenly it is new again. Having forgotten half the words, I am forced to rewrite them. That is OK by me seeing as how I judged them unworthy of perpetuation in the first place.

That did not happen to me recently. I had a similar, although completely new, experience.

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