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Music Minute | Okaasan no Uta

When I first saw it in theater, I had no idea how brilliant Wolf Children was going to be. It’s a little quirky, but is an entirely wholesome story about wanting to protect your family and loving them even when they aren’t right next to you.

Okaasan no Uta (or Mother’s Song on the soundtrack) is a lullaby sung by a young mother to her small child as she wishes for them to be happy and to remember that she will always love them.

It is one of the sweetest songs I’ve ever listened to and reading the translated lyrics only makes it more so… if ever I have children, this would be one of the lullabies I sing them. ❤

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Music Minute | Suicide Mission by Jack Wall

Probably one of the best pieces of music in the entire trilogy of games, Suicide Mission gets your heart pumping from the get go!

This is one of the most stressful parts of the entire trilogy, as you’re racing the clock in order to keep your crew alive against overwhelming odds in the Collector Base. I love this song to absolute pieces, because it brings me right back to the game each time I hear it.

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Music Minute | The Untamed on the guqin and flute

This particular arrangement is from the Chinese drama, The Untamed, about two young men who are “cultivators” or magic users charged with the protection of their communities from the forces of evil. Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji are unlikely friends, but together solve mysteries that eventually unveil a much larger plot to subdue all cultivators and control the world!

This song is played many times throughout the series and is so perfect for these two characters. Lan Wangji playing the guqin (a traditional, seven stringed Chinese instrument) with Wei Wuxian accompanying on a Chinese flute.

Have a listen and, if you like this song, maybe check out the show? It is currently available on Netflix and Rakuten Viki, which is where I watched it because I enjoy watching Asian dramas, lol.

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The Cloud Atlas Sextet by Tom Twyker

Sorry, this post is getting out a little later in the day than I usually publish them, been dealing with headaches ALL weekend and just haven’t had the energy to put my thoughts into words.

Now, let’s see if that Ibuprofen helped enough for me to be literate, lol.

The Cloud Atlas Sextet for Orchestra is from the movie Cloud Atlas, based on the novel by the same name. I’ve not yet read the novel, because I remember hearing it’s a doozy to get through (not bad, just sometimes confusing) and I haven’t put in a great effort to get my hands on a copy.

The movie was great fun, if a bit odd. Entertaining and romantic, nerve-wracking and inspiring, and all together unique in the way each story line comes together in the end.

Just very good.

And the soundtrack was perfect for creating the right atmosphere for each story line. My favorite track, The Cloud Atlas Sextet for Orchestra, is absolutely heartbreaking on screen, but grows to be something inspiring and hopeful towards the end. I have a ‘driving playlist’ that consists mainly of orchestral type music and, as soon as I heard the sextet, I knew it was getting added to the playlist!

I’m not very musical, so my descriptions are probably WAY off, but I love how, as the song progresses it waxes and wanes, how you have these moments where a single instrument or section will stand out, and how they all come together in such a beautiful way.

Anywhos, hope you all enjoy this as much as I do. 😀

What’s your favorite song to commute to?

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Music Minute | The Normandy Reborn by Jack Wall

In the desperate hope that 2020 is the year a Mass Effect remake or remaster is announced, I have been playing through the trilogy of games on my PS3. As of this posts writing, I need only three achievements and I will have 100% completion of the trilogy! Whoohoo!

This is such an amazing series of games that playing it feels a little like coming home, especially in the second game when you see your Normandy reborn. Every time, I get shivers up my spine, goosebumps down my arms, and tears in my eyes as she is revealed.

Much of the credit for that reaction goes to the music, because this song is absolutely perfect. Just listening to it is enough to make me smile and feel a sense of nostalgia for my ship and the family on board her. 😀

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Music Minute | Blessings by Laura Story

This is one of those songs that is both inspiring and contemplative at the same time. Every time that I hear it, it makes me think back on the bad times in my life and it makes me wonder where I would be if I hadn’t gone through them.

Now, I’m not saying that they were fun or that I was able to keep my faith through each and every dark moment, but all of those good and bad days have brought me to where I am today…

Stepping back on the path towards God. Rebuilding my relationship with Him piece by piece. And trying each day to be a reflection of His love to an ever-darkening world.

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Music Minute | Carry Me Far by Scntfc

Old Man’s Journey was the first video game that I played in 2020 and it was such a great way to start gaming! It’s a super cute, indie game about an elderly gentleman finding his way home to his family. The puzzles are fun, sometimes challenging, and the music is amazing…

Carry Me Far plays during the train portion of the game and I could listen to this song over and over and over again, it’s that good!

I reviewed Old Man’s Journey and that post can be found HERE.

Did you enjoy this song?
Does it make you interested in the game?
Let me know in the comments!