ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Solace'
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The Joker returns and 2P debuts on a rap/hip-hop Zelda track with some well-crafted lyrics & beats. I'll confess, the first time I listened to the beginning of this mix, I was scratching my head a little and not really feeling it, but it's REALLY grown on me in repeated listens, and certain lines - "But it's not what you know, no it's who you know" - have legitimately stuck with me. 2P's voice/delivery are unique and take some getting used to, but his sleepy-quick style actually fits the rising & falling bell arpeggios and legato string lines quite well. All I gotta say is, if you don't dig the first thirty seconds, KEEP LISTENING because by the time the track's over, if you're anything like me, you may be turned around. Joker writes:
"In all my years playing Zelda, the Select theme has always been a source of peace & serenity. Nostalgia even. So, with Skyward Sword about to be released I was reminded me of just how awesome & serene the theme was and remembered a track I made a long time ago with a awesome lyricist named Phil (his last name escapes me). We ended up making a great winter themed hip hop track with an uplifting message. This is a resub from long ago, & hopefully it was worth the wait."
"I wrote the lyrics and performed them for this ReMix. The lyrics are in general about appreciating the people in your life that make you happy to be alive, and are told through the eyes of a university student living off campus. I wrote this at the beginning of my junior year, a year in which I was always busy and always tired. Sometimes you get overwhelmed or weighed down by school or work or whatever, but if you can just step away from it all with some good friends occasionally, then often you may feel like you got your footing right again and you're ready to keep it pushing. That's what these lyrics are about."
Sooooooo glad David resurrected this mix & improved it, because the more I listen to it, the more I appreciate just how well the lyrics & style fit with the source. Mixes like this tend to stir up some controversy, but I hope most can take a minute and dig a little deeper and grok what this collaboration has produced. Palpable writes:
"It reminded me a lot of Neblix's debut and similar songs in that it built vertically on a familiar riff. There's a lot of subtle additions like chord changes and harmonies. That was an excellent way to add depth because the focus here is the vocal and anything too crazy would distract from that. I found myself liking this a lot, the source was well-suited to rap. Great lyrics too."
Ditto that; just reading 2P's short blurb about his lyric had me nodding my head, and I like that the tone manages to be earnest & positive - pretty rare these days - without being cheesy or artificial. Great mix that takes a bit to get started & requires some acclimation, but bodes well for creativity & distinct style in 2013; kudos to The Joker and 2P for making something memorable, authentic, nostalgic, and motivational!
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