ReMix:Kirby's Dream Land "Gliding on a Silver Lining" 3:19

By Level 99

Arranging the music of 4 songs...

"Bubbly Clouds", "Candy", "Green Greens", "Star Jingle"

Primary Game: Kirby's Dream Land (Nintendo , 1992, GB), music by Jun Ishikawa

Posted 2012-05-21, evaluated by djpretzel

I think I mentally categorize solo (or layered) acoustic guitar ReMixes into two categories - something more like "classical guitar," which are quieter performances that are more about intricacy & intimacy, and then folk pieces that employ more constant strumming and often layer rhythm & solo for something more upbeat. However technically inaccurate that labeling is, I suppose my point is that I like BOTH approaches, and I'd like to see more of the latter - particularly with funkier, staccato rhythm parts ala Ani DiFranco, etc. - on OCR. While this track is folksier than it is funky, Stevo's here to accommodate w/ a swaying, breezy acoustic guitar take on Kirby:

"An ocean of clouds, tinged with hues ranging between red, yellow, orange, and purple. They line the sky, set against the backdrop of a setting sun, transforming the landscape into a dynamic canvas. And there you are, up above, surfing the skyline: looping, diving, hopping from cloud to cloud and watching as you skim parts of them off like a vapor trail of floating cotton. As the sun descends closer and closer to being engulfed by the horizon, the clouds turn to blue and silver. Up here, you're gliding on the silver lining like a thread: without care or worry. The world embraces the night, and with it the peace of slumber and dreams.

Source breakdown (this is passable even if just counting explicit melody usages):

  • 0:10 - 0:50 - Melody from Bubbly Clouds
  • 1:10 - 1:49 - Melody from Bubbly Clouds
  • 1:50 - 2:09 - Adjusted melody from Kirby's Victory Song
  • 2:29 - 2:48 - Adjusted various melodies from KDL levels
  • 2:50 - 3:09 - Melody from Bubbly Clouds"

Damn, Bortz got all poetic there & unleashed the beardchild within - which is completely cool, if the result is music like this. "Pleasant" can be such a boring adjective, but I'd like to reclaim it for arrangements like this, where there's a comfort & warmth, ebb & flow that just feel right. It's not impressario noodling, and it's certainly not melting your face off - if anything, it's doing the opposite. It's giving you ADDITIONAL face. I don't even know what that means, but I do know this: it's humble, it's enjoyable, it's expressive, and I dig it. If that means it's pleasant, that can only be a good thing.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2013-08-26 11:02:15

Bubbly clouds on acoustic guitar is just so gorgious, and a damn fine way to begin (along with end) the ReMix. Managing to add in the victory song and Green Greens while keeping up the beautiful sound of the guitar was wonderful. Probably one of my favorite Stevo ReMixes so far and a high quality Kirby ReMix for sure.

on 2012-07-01 00:49:52

Love the how the rhythm flows from gently driving to downright contemplative. Excellent acoustic layering, Stevo!

on 2012-06-18 12:58:38


on 2012-05-28 23:57:01

Amazing work on the Green Greens portion.

on 2012-05-26 10:48:50

There are certain songs that I associate with seasons. To me, this captures the soul of summer.

on 2012-05-25 13:06:20

Dope. Well played!

Squinter Cell
on 2012-05-23 09:41:12

Great song. I really dig acoustic mixes from this site. Hearing this, though, makes me wonder why Kirby doesn't get more love around here. Where's the remix of Metaknight's revenge? You know we're all waiting for someone to do it. (I hope.)

on 2012-05-23 04:04:09

Simply beautiful music. What else needs to be said?

on 2012-05-22 13:45:15

It's awesome to see how much you've developed as a musician over the last few years. At this rate: I can't wait to hear the kind of work you're putting out two or three years from now. :-)

on 2012-05-22 09:44:09

Love this one. Keep 'em coming, Stevo!

on 2012-05-21 23:08:24

99 internets to stevo. i loves me some kirby's dream land. one of those games that always gets the old nostalgia going. when i was a young lad of 7 or 8 i played it for days and days. i wasn't much good at that game at first, but when i did finally beat it and got the sound test code, first thing i did was run a 1/8" stereo cord from the headphones out to my stepdad's ridonculous stereo system.

stevo does one of my favrite tracks great justices. GOOD ON YOU, SIR. GOOD ON YOU. makes this jolly fatman even jollier. and fatter?

man i wish i had a good place to record acousticscss

Elder Kirby
on 2012-05-21 21:03:14

It's... it's so beautiful...

I especially love the adjusted melodies :smile:

Dj Mokram
on 2012-05-21 18:46:32

Ever since discovering it on R:TS a while back, this has become one of my favorite remixes, not just from Stevo, but of all time.

"Soothing" and "Refreshing" are the first words that come to my mind when listening to this excellent arrangement.

It's an inspiring piece, filled with emotion and reminiscent of the simple joy that games once used to bring.

Best of all: it got me playing Kirby's Dream Land. So thanks again for sharing this with the world. :)

on 2012-05-21 17:17:37

If this is Stevo releasing his inner beardchild, I want to see more of this.

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on 2012-05-21 16:35:45

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Sources Arranged (4 Songs)

Primary Game:
Kirby's Dream Land (Nintendo , 1992, GB)
Music by Jun Ishikawa
"Bubbly Clouds"
"Green Greens"
"Star Jingle"

Tags (4)

Acoustic Guitar,Solo Guitar

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