Depending upon your temperament, perspective, and situation, Valentine's Day is either about love, chocolate, or the Bourgeoisie opportunistically using yet another holiday to mass market themed paraphernalia and guilt-trip the masses into squandering their money and dignity for teddy bears and blood diamonds. That last one's a little dark, sorry about that. If you're a professionally licensed curmudgeon, like myself, it's about being extra annoyed at the preponderance of stupidly happy couples sharing meaningful slow-motion stares. And also, chocolate. Single, dating, married, N/A, or otherwise, I suggest we all just consider it a day to eat chocolate and shut the hell up. And it should occur weekly, as well. THEN I wouldn't be such a hater.
But I digress; though she's collabed to varying extents on mixes in the interim, this is only Jill's second solo piece for OCR thus far, an appropriately romantic vocal arrangement from Chrono Cross. pixietricks writes:
"Okay, so several of you know this already, but this mix has actually been sitting around on my computer for quite some time. I showed it to a few people over the summer to get some feedback, and then the next time I tried to open the project file, it was damaged. All attempts at recovery were unsuccessful, sadly. There are still things I wish I could change (i.e. varying up the percussion, tighter snare, reverb on the attack strings, more distinct panning in the choir section...), but I still feel like the piece is in a good place.
So yeah! It's a song about longing/unrequited love... Really original, I know. :wink: Thankfully the lyrics no longer apply in my life, but I'm sure they will reach an audience of sorts. I drew my inspiration almost completely from Dido on this one: specifically her song "Here With Me" from the album No Angel, which was featured as the opening credits track on Roswell, an awesome sci-fi TV series. Hope you like!"
I suppose that's yet another good, sound case for making consistent backups of project files, but honestly this sounds pretty polished and... finished. The tempo and structure remind me of Bjork's Venus as a Boy; the vocal is front and center, drums mixed prominently, and a sweeping, ethereal atmosphere envelopes the whole thing. My favorite line in the lyric is "And how your breath would feel against my eyes" just because I think the specific image it conjures is both accurate and interesting - I can't remember hearing it articulated before. The drum build-up following the last line is well-timed, and the mix overall has exits and entrances that are subtle but very graceful; nothing interrupts the vibe, but things don't stagnate, either. Since it's V-day, and this was Jill's mix, we'll see what Andy had to say:
"The arrangement here is solid. Added harmonies and riffs are there to build on the rather sparse source, and there are several sections with original melody over the source chord progression (a method of variation I typically recommend). Again, I can see Jon's complaint about the chord progression staying pretty static for most of the time, but that's somewhat minor. I'd compare the approach to "Snow Motion" or "Xenosphere" which have relatively static or even NO chord progressions, but still pull it off by building up percussive/synth and other elements on top. Jill worked in progressively more percussive parts, riffs, and harmonies as the mix went on which kept things fresh. My main complaint: where's the rap solo?
Overall, this is a very cool mix in a style that we don't usually see here. There are a couple minor production complaints, but even if she still had access to the project, they're not worth a NO. Personally, I would like to see more people mixing in downtempo, new age, or chillout styles (where are you Gray!) It can be tough to pull off but this mix proves that Jill's got the style down. Great job!"
It definitely is a style, and while things could have been played out more both tonally and rhythmically, that type of divergence can always be risky when trying to create a consistent atmosphere. It's not unlike Jill's first solo piece in its minimalist approach and heavy emphasis on vocals, but there's more substance and recognizable variation. Whoever you are, whatever your romantic predicament (and believe me, there are far worse things than being single), and however you feel about the holiday, set some time aside to check this one out; it's even got a perfect mix title, with a double read on "still" as "motionless" or "as previously" (or a dozen alternate defs that would probably work, too) - very cool.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Chrono Cross (Square, 1999, PS1)
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
- "RADICAL DREAMERS ~The Jewel That Has Not Been Stolen~"
- Hip Hop, Pop
- Singing, Vocals: Female
- Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
- 6,141,952 bytes
Sometimes I lie awake at night and wait
The shadows changing on the hollow wall
And moonlight streaming through my windowpane
Leaves me cold, under the shroud of nightfall
You're there beside me in my deepest dreams
A ghost of all the weight I feel within
And floating endlessly, my heart believes
That we are one, ready to touch, to begin
Imagine how your lips would taste on mine
And how your breath would feel against my eyes
My heart is racing for the millionth time
Don't let go of this thought, otherwise
There's a haze, a feeling that I get with you
And this hand won't let go
Lead me, show me just how love's supposed to feel
So that I won't be dreaming...
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