ReMix: Wild Arms 'Fireflight'
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Our Wild Arms: ARMed and DANGerous flood continues with an ambient, undulating electronica piece from OCR legend & husband to project director Jade, Mr. Jordan Aguirre. You might know him as bLiNd ;) It's worth mentioning at this juncture, to the hyper-observant among you, that we have indeed modified our standards to allow for longer mixes at larger file sizes. The full details of this change have NOT YET been formally announced - or even codified - but we figured we'd put them into effect for this album, rather than having to backtrack and upload higher quality versions after the fact. So this is a full seven minutes and twenty-two seconds of classic bLiNd ReMixage, @ 192Kbps, totaling 10,453KB. And of course the album has FLACs for those of you with golden ears. But the numbers don't even tell half the story; Jordan writes:
"This track represents the end of an era for bLiNd and the start of a new one. Though the track was completed and titled over a year ago, it actually holds a lot of meaning for my life now. It starts off with how I viewed the world as a young boy. It has a sound of melancholy with a slight glimmer of hope. Sort of sad, but not completely. This is the sound I try to capture as bLiNd. It is also the sound I have developed at OCR over the past decade and "Fireflight" represents that best, in my opinion...
It progresses and eventually breaks down completely at 2:30, just like my life did when I was a teenager. The darkness in my life began. I suffered year after year in a slow but louder progression. Many of you know the physical suffering I have endured. Some know the mental suffering, and some know the emotional suffering. I call this the fire. Many of you don't agree with my belief in God, but the only reason I am able to speak now, or even breathe, is because of Him. He has used this fire to shape my character and grow me into the man I am now and has shown me what I need to become.
After the fire, at 3:45, comes Revelation. Clarity and vision for my future as a musician, a man, and a person in general. If any part of this song represents where I am at now, it is 4:15. This is what I call the flight. It represents the joy and energy I had as a young boy come full circle, but, instead of me crawling, I am flying. I had to grab a hold of the eagle's wing through the fire. That eagle's wing is my faith and it is what saved me. Next time you see me, I will be soaring, and OCR will be the first ones I look upon this next year. You guys are family to me and I love you all, and of course most of all, my wife Jade. This project and day is really about her, in my eyes of course, but I give every one of you who worked on this project a humble bow and thanks for all your hard work.
Let me also say this. This project is a celebration of love. Jade and I are back together again after a long separation; nearly a year and a half! The joy we have of being together, especially for this project release, and Christmas, is overwhelming and simply amazing. We had paths to walk solo, to find ourselves again, and we did. Once we did, God put us back together and it seems like we are falling in love over and over again every day. So join us in our celebration by listening to all the hard work that was done and listen to one of my favorite remixes I have ever made. Join me in my fireflight..."
Man, I tell you what - those Aguirres are some emotional people!! ;) Wherever your inspiration comes from and whatever your beliefs are, you can't argue with love, and you can't argue with great music, and Jordan seems like he's filling his life with both of those, and that can only be a good thing. Jade writes:
"This track is a jewel. It gives me goosebumps down my spine and makes me shiver. I have been a bLiNd fan for so many years prior to knowing him in person, and this demonstrates the best of all his recent work. The breakdown at 2:30 gives the source a whole new perspective and feels like the Wild West of space. The sound design is astounding with milky textures and samples of the game. bLiNd never fails to impress, especially his wife. :)"
That's super sweet & touching, and I'm not being sarcastic; it's hard to tell the story of this album without telling some small pieces of Jordan & Jade's story, and they've shared those pieces with us in the context of a musical marriage that this album captures aspects of, consciously and subconsciously. It's a unique, personal dynamic made public through both their own comments and the amazing music they've coordinated or produced directly. Stepping outside my role as site owner & administrator, and just speaking as a friend, I'd like to personally wish them the best, for all that the future holds. They've accomplished something singular & beautiful, and they've accomplished it together.
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