30 Days, 30 Songs: Days 23 – A song for one and all?

Welcome to my new musical series for 2021, “30 Days, 30 Songs.” Follow me this year as I blatantly steal this Instagram challenge all in the name of good music and good fun. Every other week, I’ll cover one or two or more topics from the list (see here for a refresher), allowing them to percolate over musical memories, nostalgia, and whatever else comes to mind in the moment. And now, gimme a beat boys to free my soul, I wanna get lost in this rock and roll!


Day 23: A song that you think everyone should listen to

A song that I think everyone should listen to is the soundtrack to Super Metroid.

Ah, I know I’m cheating on the challenge once again, but think of it this way: it’s like listening to a symphony. While the hour-plus work contains many different movements, it is, in essence, one song that tells a story. And what a story, eh?

In my latest Virtual Bastion reblog, I made a passing mention that I’d be taking a break from Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. Why? Well, I’m clearing out my gaming schedule to make room for Metroid Dread, which comes out later this week, and for which I cannot wait. I’ve been purposefully ignoring any news about it because I want to go into the game without any preconceived notions. I want it to be like the first time I played Super Metroid itself. Going into that game so many moons ago without any expectations was an amazing experience. I’d love for Metroid Dread to be the same, though I’m tempering my emotions, because really, nothing can be (or beat) Super Metroid.

In any case, in gearing up for Metroid Dread’s release, I’ve been listening to several Metroid soundtracks. And honestly, I could have picked any one for this post (Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion fall a close second and third), but I gotta give it up to my game of games. Though I had been playing games before it, Super Metroid was that game that truly made me fall in love with video games. Its excellent soundtrack certainly played a role in that then-burgeoning relationship. If you’ve heard it before, then you know it’s good; but if you haven’t, then take an hour and twelve minutes out of your day to experience its musical magic.

4 comments

  1. I disagree that it’s “like listening to a symphony”. That is an actual symphony! One of isolation, tension, and beauty. =)

    I can’t wait for Friday to arrive.

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