100 Things #5: “That’s so awesome! I never knew that!”

   The Prelude (Title Screen) by Final Fantasy on Grooveshark

We’ve all got that one thing. You know, that one thing that you just absolutely loooobster love to perhaps slight extremes. You know a lot about it. You have followed it for perhaps years—or maybe you’re a recent convert and you caught up in the span of, like, a day and a half—but the point is, you’re just about an expert on the subject and nothing is going to deter you from learning everything about it.

I’ve got that sort of relationship with the soundtracks of the Final Fantasy series. (Some of you knew this a long time ago, eh-heh…) I remember getting stuck, bringing up the menu, and just listening to the music until I got an idea for what I was supposed to do next. I could go on and on about that music—but that’s another of the 100 Things. Right now all we need to know is that I made a point of knowing A LOT about it, getting my hands on as much of it as possible, learning the back stories behind why THIS track here and not THIS track.

Perhaps the most iconic theme from the series is the Prelude. It’s the little twinkly harp melody that you hear at the title screen for almost every game in the series. Once you hear that, you know what kind of game you’re playing. Final Fantasy and the prelude are almost the same; it seems like you can’t have one without the other. 25 years, after all, is a long time.

I jumped into the Inter-webs—digging through link after link, speculation after speculation, until I hit pay dirt at last. There had to be a story behind this little song, and it just had to be absolutely epic and inspiring. I find a link that looks pretty official and I learn…

…that the composer, Nobuo Uematsu, wrote this lovely little gem on request at the last minute—and it took him all of ten minutes to do it. I never knew that…and it just added to the song this level of awesomeness. It takes considerable talent to be able to do something like that. The Prelude has been a part of my word for as long as I can remember, and almost every time I hear it I learn something new about the composition.

I love learning new things about the things that I like. It makes me like them even more.

Audio from Grooveshark’s service. I do not own that piece of lovely aural gold.
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