ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Not the Taxi You Whistled For"
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XPRTNovice makes his OCR debut with a creative bluegrass instrumental featuring strummed & plucked textures, some wordless singing, and - as advertised - some rather splendid whistling. Joe writes:
"Of all the songs I ever really whistled from any Final Fantasy game, this was the one that popped into my head the most often. Being brought up on bluegrass music, and listening to the original, it seemed a perfect adaptation to use my whistling skills (something entirely useless in any other context) and my knowledge of acoustic instruments to throw something together. I had a blast doing this.
All of the instruments in this mix are live with the exception of the bass and some of the ornamentation instruments scattered in the background. The whistling, mandolins, guitars, singing, were all done in my makeshift studio here in my house. Other than that, I'll let the music tell the rest of the story.
I sincerely hope you enjoy listening to the piece, even if you decide it's not right for the website. I had a lot of fun making it, and I hope you have fun listening."
Not right for the website?!? Of COURSE it is; creative arrangement, totally unique performance, and this is the type of track where the artist doesn't have to tell you he had fun making it - it's readily apparent. If the Beverly Hillbillies somehow injected themselves into the Final Fantasy VII universe, the soundtrack to such a bizarre singularity might go something like this. The more deliberate intro has a carefree, western vibe going on, where you might picture the credits to a John Wayne film rolling slowly down a tumbleweed-populated dustscape somewhere in Arizona or New Mexico, but then at 1'22" things pick up and get down, and it's time to bust out the moonshine and whistle along, if you've got the chops.
Bit of a tangent (what else is new?), but I actually really love to whistle; I do it all the time (often at the expense of others' sanity), and am happy to see a ReMix so emphatically feature this musical form of ex
At any rate, this arrangement has a lot of charisma and shows off the artist's abilities as a multi-instrumentalist, in addition to being a fun, unexpected, and surprisingly substantive arrangement of the FF7 sources. This could easily have been a shorter, cute "sketch" of a mix, but I respect that Joe took the time to flesh it out and explore the ideas more thoroughly, and I think you will, too! Great, distinct, memorable debut from XPRTNovice, who we'll be hearing more from on the upcoming FF6 album & beyond!
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