Long post musing about music. Cute pics below!
Ever wake up with that “There’s no way in hell i’m going to work today” feeling? I did today, and after working non-stop since I got back from CA, I’m taking the day off.
I did my taxes yesterday (relevant Simpsons clip), which was an expensive and woefully un-erotic experience, so I reached out to one of my favorite things in the modern world… “24/7 lofi hip hop radio – beats to study/chill/relax” Youtube videos. There’s a million of them, and after listening to the Donkey Kong Country soundtrack (the most chill thing I could think of) I moved onto a study/chill/relax playlist of music from Kirby games. That’s where I found this song.
It sounds like a memory from my childhood, though I ‘d never heard of Kirby Triple Deluxe before yesterday. It immediately cheered me up and I battled through taxes with Kirby as my spirit guide. I love gaming but the last Nintendo system I had was the N64, Nintendo seems to be the the most reliable source of cute games with cute music, so I’m on a mission to find more. I’ve become a big fan of the Animal Crossing soundtracks, begun exploring songs from Zelda/Mario that I’ve never heard or have long forgot, like Dire Dire Docks. Also exploring the Undertale/Cave Story soundtracks, so much good stuff!
I’m a bit of a music obsessive, I worked at Tower Records and have had many musician friends, filmed many shows, have met many of my idols from working at my old Theatre and at Tower. Game music has always seemed separate from “regular music”, it’s often more fabricated and made to serve a function like Elevator music or Muzak. Generally not made for pure artistic expression or to convey a message other than “there’s a boss coming” or “this is an ice level”. And I suppose that’s why most video game music isn’t enjoyable out of context.
The counterpoint to all that are the games I mentioned above and dozens more (FTL, Stardew Valley, Ori & the Blind Forest etc.) that really put love and attention into their music. These soundtracks are intended to be fawned over by nerds like me, simple melodies meant to be performed by 200 piece orchestras, like this live performance which may be the absolutely cutest thing in the entire world. The hand dancing/hand puppets, the fact that they put their Ponyo front and center with hundreds of people behind her, I get misty eyed over the pure joy of it 🙂
I also think they know people like me love synthesizers and theremins, but that could be a chicken/egg argument. Do I love synth music because of video games, or was it my Moms Culture Club records or is it just that synth music is the best music. You put a cute little catchy synth melody and i’m sold, like the first song on this mix, which I’m listening to for the first time as I write and loving it. This kind of music really speaks to the little part of me as well as the grown up who just wants some peace and positivity while they confront the boss levels of the world, like taxes.
I bring up money because I’ve had a few comments about starting a patreon or something of the sort. I may decide to eventually, but I want to get a few months into making video and continuously blogging before I make any big promises. If you do want to send something my way, you can message me on this sites contact form. I must be posting from Hyrule, this post sure has a ton of Links!
All these bad jokes and talk of music and taxes has me distracted from the most important issue, posting cute crinkly pics! From 2017, these first two are me before the Dr., happy in my diapers at home then nervous in the waiting room. I’m not sure about these other ones , likely just one of the many, many times I’ve gone out with a diaper under my skirt. Apparently I was really into Northshore Smalls in 2017.
That’s all the thoughts for today, more soggy and snuggly fun soon. I’m trying to post every-single-day so look for a new one tomorrow 🙂 Hugs and have a lovely Sunday!