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Festive Videogame Music To Go With Your Holidays

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Image Credit: Pakkun96 From Deviantart

Written By: Kirsten Grove White

Just in time for the holidays, we’ve got two festive remixes for you to enjoy.

First up is our more introspective piece, Carol of the Final Fantasy Belles, arranged by Jay Epperhart. I first ran across this arrangement many years ago, back when I was too unskilled to even play it. For that reason, I didn’t like it. I forgot about it for a few years, and then ran across it again when preparing a playlist of background music for when I had company this season. Giving it another listen (and another attempt at performing it), I can see now that it’s actually quite a sophisticated piece.

It’s not merely a medley of many different melodies, as many arrangements oft are, but instead it uses the Carol of the Bells as a sort of harmonic thread to hold vastly different melodies together seamlessly. See if you can identify the different themes – I couldn’t, first time around.

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Our second piece is the more boisterous Super Mario’s Sleigh Ride – a mix of modern holiday tunes spliced with classic Mario Bros. themes. This was recorded by The One-Ups, and it sounds like they had a great time while performing it. The juxtaposition of Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and other familiar tunes with also familiar but very different Mario melodies works much better than I ever had anticipated, and it’s become one of my absolute favourite pieces – I listen to this all year ‘round to perk myself up.

Happy holidays from the JTM team.

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About janhutchings

Canadian Game Industry Blogger / Contributor for @Sonyrumors & @ShogunGamer / Communications and PR Professional. Voice of Canadian and Indie Gaming. http://jtmgames.com/

Posted on December 26, 2012, in Video Game Soundtracks and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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