I feel as though I’m slowly getting my musical keen back. For a while I’ve been lacking in inspiration, probably as a result of having a sore throat and not singing very much lately. However, over the last week or so, I’ve been listening to covers of music from computer/console games, and I’m struck by some of the talent that is involved in creating it. I like games, but have never had the time to really stick at them, except when I’ve been playing on them with other people.
Many years ago, I played Final Fantasy IX. I remember loving the theme tune, in all its Rennaissance-oid recorder glory. I had a brief flirtation with Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, until my relationship foundered and my ex got the xbox. Since then, I haven’t had a TV of my own, much less a console, and no time for gaming.
A couple of weeks back, someone suggested I listen to the Dancing and the Dreaming from How to Train your Dragon. That led me on to Erutan’s cover of it. I liked her voice, discovered that she’d recorded covers of game music, and bought her digital album. I loved her version of The Dragonborn Comes, and that led me on to Malukah’s cover of it.
I realise I’m a late-adopter, but I just love her voice (helps that she’s a fellow alto) and her feel for the song. I’ve been listening to other songs that she’s recorded, and it’s inspiring me to finally write some of my own, after all this time. I’m thinking that there has to be a way to shoehorn some game music into the crossover repertoire that I’m learning!