“Bring back the 4 member party system.”

I’m sitting here listening to the original score for the classic 1994 SNES J-RPG, Final Fantasy VI (III in North America). It’s one of the finest video-game scores of all time and shall never be topped — even though games today have access to the highest quality of sound production available. Ha, or maybe I’m simply biased because I’m listening to Shadow’s theme and thus blowing my nose in a hanky! Yeah, I’m sniffling at the unbearable misfortune of his story. Gets me every time.

Waaahhh!!! Shadow… (don’t forget to wait for him at the airship, you guys!)


Though I’ve probably said it before, I’ll say it again: there is something so emotionally raw — so melancholy and bittersweet, about a really intense, inspired instrumental that is only 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length. Perhaps like classic console RPGs themselves, what is such a miniscule, electronic, symphonic movement but a microcosm of the human experience? Yea, we come and go in an instant, like a blip on the radar screen. And yet even this mere droplet of water, this tear-drop that is our lives — even that contains all of the strongest aching melancholy and saccharine sweet emotion that colors the whole of the cosmos.

Not that the short tunes are always the best, but I’m just saying: the starkness of it all becomes apparent when a short little ditty can move the heavenly bodies and celestial spheres in all their majesty.


Par example:

  • Elliott Smith – [basically anything, but lets just say “Colored Bars“]
  • almost anything off of the FFVI or YS I/II/III original soundtracks
  • Marty Friedman – “Namida (Tears)”

~ by chaosrexmachinae on September 23, 2008.

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