Lost Song: Music and Magic With a Healing Message At Its Core

lost_song.jpgWow.

Just wow.

So, I recently finished watching this anime called Lost Song. A friend of mine had wanted me to watch a different anime, but I wasn’t really feeling it at the time, so I come across this one instead. I saw a medieval fantasy setting with a music-based magic system and thought, “Cool, okay, I’ll give it a whirl. Makes me think of the series I’m working on right now, The Gailean Quartet.”

Again, wow.

I truly don’t want to give away any spoilers, because it’s definitely a show you should experience for yourself. But allow me to at least praise it without giving too much away.

The series did remind me of my Gailean Quartet for the musical magic aspect. Its fantasy setting and world-building also reminded me of Zelda, my favorite game series. But the emotion is what really set it apart for me. By the end of episode one, you already know what kind of show it’s gearing up to be; much like Game of Thrones, it isn’t afraid to be intense and do things that have you covering your mouth, staring at the screen wide-eyed. As much as I wanted to keep watching, I had to brace myself for each episode because I knew some new emotional happenstance was about to go down, whether something beautiful and whimsical or something unbelievably tragic. That’s not to say the series doesn’t end well, because it does! But it’s not what you think it will be starting out; about half-way through, you learn a major plot twist and some truths are revealed that are SO GOOD I could talk about them all day…but again, I don’t wanna spoil anything.

Overall, the characters are great–I was very emotionally invested in them–and the artwork and music are gorgeous. One song in particular is quite haunting; I’ve taken to listening to it on repeat and crying. Lol. I do think I connected with show as well because I could see myself in both the main female characters, especially due to recentish events in my own life.

Lost Song carries with a lovely message of love, forgiveness, healing, and the importance of finding one’s passion and purpose. The message of healing especially touched me on a personal level. The truth that in order for real healing to occur we must face our feelings, face all of the pain, love, and memories, instead of pushing them aside or throwing them away, is a powerful one that I think many need to hear.

I 1000% recommend this show. Even if you’re not an anime fan, if you’re a lover of medieval fantasy and/or shows that will really make you feel and think and dig deep inside yourself, then this is the show for you. I can’t even start another show right now because I’m still processing all the magic and beauty that is Lost Song.

Artist of the Week: Muse

MUSE_BandSo, it’s been an age since I did an “Artist of the Week,” and honestly this post is completely out of the blue. I did not intend to be making such a post right now.

BUT…

As I am sure many of you are already aware–I tend to be behind in, well, a lot of things culturally speaking–Muse is an amazing band. I mean, like, wow. I’d listened to a couple of their songs before and liked them. But tonight, something compelled me to listen to a whole brand new list of ’em, and wow. They are quite possibly my new favorite band. The variety and talent is brilliant. Like, I am listening to this one song, “Sunburn,” right now–that piano is killer!! They do a lot of different styles, incorporate a lot of different instruments, even some choral stuff–what’s not to love, right? Plus, what the hell, Matthew Bellamy–THAT VOICE.

Anyway. So I’m also gonna turn this into one of my playlist posts consisting of all the songs I’ve really fallen in love with thus far. Enjoy–off to find some more great songs in the meanwhile!!

The “Me” Playlist

authorHullo, dear readers.

Well, it’s been a while since I did a playlist, so I decided to post this. Usually, I am in the habit of coming up with playlists for my characters and their feelings, relationships, etc.

However, in recent light of dealing with various emotions and conflicts in my own life, I decided to take some time to reflect upon those feelings, reflect on self. Thus, I would like to call this the “Me” playlist. This is the playlist I would have right now if I was a character in one of my own books.

Happy listening!!

Majora’s Mask “Perfect” Playlist (Parts 1 and 2)

I would also like to share the “perfect” playlist I compiled for Majora’s Mask. Parts 1 and 2 are both included here.

Thanks for listening! May you be just as inspired as I have by these songs filled with fantasy, adventure, magic, and a lot of heart.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Here are links to the artists who created all of these beautiful arrangements:

Artists I found on Youtube:

Hylian Ensemble

Theophany

Jam2995 or Jake McCoy

Synthetic Orchestra

Tanner Voloshin

Zelda Reorchestrated

Elspeth Eastmen

Rebecca Tripp

M. Bulteau

Artists I found on Newgrounds:

Kreepman

Zorathan 

Neon-Bard

Reploid Ciel 

GenoWhirled 

Dreyfus2006

Artificial Fear 

Kenneth Boxall

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist (Part 3 of 3)

Last but certainly not least, here is the grand finale to my Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist:

zelda

Once more, many thanks to the brilliant musicians who made this playlist possible:

Artists I found on Youtube:

Hylian Ensemble

Theophany

Jam2995 or Jake McCoy

Synthetic Orchestra

Tanner Voloshin

Zelda Reorchestrated

Elspeth Eastmen

Rebecca Tripp

M. Bulteau

Artists I found on Newgrounds:

Kreepman

Zorathan 

Neon-Bard

Reploid Ciel 

GenoWhirled 

Dreyfus2006

Artificial Fear 

Kenneth Boxall

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist (Part 2 of 3)

Here is Part Two of my Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist:

Again, a special thanks to the artists whose songs make this awesome playlist possible:

Artists I found on Youtube:

Hylian Ensemble

Theophanyzelda5

Jam2995 or Jake McCoy

Synthetic Orchestra

Tanner Voloshin

Zelda Reorchestrated or ZREOzelda4

Elspeth Eastmen

Rebecca Tripp

M. Bulteau

Artists I found on Newgrounds:

Kreepman

Zorathan zelda6

Neon-Bard

Reploid Ciel 

GenoWhirled 

Dreyfus2006

Artificial Fear 

Kenneth Boxall

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