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Musical Score Memory

Near my work there is an historical organ that every Friday at lunch they have someone come in and play. It fills the sound of the building as the music plays on. One of the neatest songs that they will play is the song from the end of Star Wars Episode IV. Whenever I hear that song it just brings a smile to my face. I think about the great moment at the end of the movie where Han, Luke, and Chewbacca are all getting their awards. The triumphant feeling of having just blown up the Death Star. The music from the score just fills me with all the emotions from that moment in the movie, which is exactly what a good score is supposed to do.

A good score creates music that implants itself into your brain to help you recall the emotions of that moment. The great thing about these scores is also that you do not need to hear much usually to have your brain trigger the memory. It is amazing how a sequence of notes can bring such a flood of emotion. Continue reading

The Legend of The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

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“It was the spark that started the fire– A legend that grew in the telling”
– Jonathan Hickman, Avengers (2012) #1

There once was a boy in a green cap with pointy ears and blond hair. Okay, maybe it was strawberry blond? Anyway, this boy set out to rescue a girl with hair and ears like his. He left home with nothing but the green tunic on his back, but a kindly older man gave him a sword. He delved into the deep places of this world to search for the power to save the girl. Some say he even ventured into worlds beyond this one. The girl was held captive by an evil wizard who had embraced the bestial power in his heart, but the boy’s courage and the girl’s wisdom proved too much for the wizard. He was defeated — for a time.

That should sound familiar. But which game in the Legend of Zelda series is it? It could be (nearly) all of them. While Nintendo has an official three-timelines explanation of how all of the Zelda games fit together, I like to take the title literally and think of them as retellings of the same legend. Continue reading