When people ask me “So, what kind of music do you listen to?” not only is that my least favorite question, it just has the most impossible answer. My natural inclination is to say ” Well, these are my favorite bands – but I primarily like music from video games.” Yeah. Doesn’t go over so smoothly. People just become instantly confused and when I try to explain how expansive video game music is, or how it’s “real music” – since a lot of people seem to think it “doesn’t count” this discussion usually ends up with me leaving people mind-freaked and my just telling them I listen to “indie” music to make it easier on them.
Probably since I was at least 11 or 12 I have been really into Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu. I have followed everything he has done since. He composes a lot of music for one of my favorite video game series, Final Fantasy. Each game has a piano collection that’s eventually released. It’s all piano versions of the songs in game. It’s beautiful. I have every collection, and even as a kid I would sit in my room and draw and listen to these CD’s on repeat all night. That hasn’t changed, really. Here are a collection of my favorite piano collections, from my favorite video game collection.
FFIX – “Loss of Me”
FFVIII – “Succession of Witches”
FFVII – “Gold Saucer”
FFX – “Suteki Da Ne”