Posted 2011-04-28, evaluated by djpretzel
Happy birthday, Noriyuki Iwadare! 誕生日おめでとう!
By a happy twist of fate, today is the composer's birthday, AND we just happened to have a ReMix of one of his pieces already queued up! I always preferred the soundtrack from the original Sega CD version of Lunar to the Playstation remake - they're quite different - but both games have amazing music; Iwadare is the man.
I've been waiting a long time for Dale to really show off his vocal chops in a more serious context, and I'm happy to say that this RnB/ballad style track does exactly that. Mr. North has a great, smooth tone to his voice that's perfect for the genre, and while this arrangement is relatively conservative, one of the most interesting changes is simply hearing the lyrics sung in a male voice, as opposed to the original (and also excellent) English-language vocal by Jennifer Magallanes (then Stigile); it just lends the piece a different vibe/context. Dale actually showed this mix to her and she dug it, so that's pretty cool, too. He writes:
"I've always loved Luna's boat song from GameArts RPG Lunar: Silver Star Story, originally released on the Sega CD. The cinema at that part of the game was so well placed, and it's such a pretty song! I took the single verse and lyric right out of the game (the Jenny Stigile performance) and did my own arrangement, focusing on layered piano and bell parts over a string orchestra. The vocal starts out very soft and quiet, but builds as the song does."
This genre, and this specific song all the more, really relies on a strong, emotive, personalized vocal, and Dale delivers exactly that. Short but tear-jerkingly sweet, I think this mix is unique on OCR, and I'm really happy Dale submitted it. If for some crazy reason you haven't played the Lunar games, hopefully this will be one more reason among many to check them out. A big part of what makes them so great is the emotion & sentimentality that this arrangement fully conveys, with a good deal of wit & humor mixed in as well. Beautiful piece of music, this.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete (Working Designs, 1998, PS1)
Music by Noriyuki Iwadare
- "Wind Nocturne (The Boat Song)"
- Piano, Singing, Vocals: Male
- Lyrics > Lyrics: Existing
- 3,967,833 bytes
Wishing on a dream that seems far off
Hoping it will come today
Into the starlit night
Foolish dreamers turn their gaze
Waiting on a shooting star
What if that star is not to come
Will their dreams fade to nothing?
When the horizon darkens most
We all need to believe there is hope
Is an angel watching closely over me?
Can there be a guiding light I've yet to see?
I know my heart should guide me, but
There's a hole within my soul
What will fill this emptiness inside of me?
Am I to be satisfied without knowing?
I wish, then, for a chance to see
Now all I need,
Is my star to come...
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