Music Monday: ‘Tis the season November 28, 2016Posted by thejinx in music, Uncategorized.
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Now that (American) Thanksgiving is done and gone, I thought I would share some holiday-themed music for this week’s post.
The OneUps – Super Mario’s Sleigh Ride
This song is a classic, and for years, it was pretty much the Christmas video game arrangement, at least in my collection. It’s a masterfully performed and seemingly effortlessly blended arrangement of songs from Super Mario World together with “Sleigh Ride”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and “Jingle Bells”. Sometimes the tunes trade off having the spotlight, sometimes the Mario music makes a pleasant backdrop to the classic carol, and sometimes both songs are played at the same time on different instruments. The effect is flawless and catchy and delightful.
ROCKtendo – Vanilla Lake
There were a number of great tracks on 2014’s Super VG Christmas Party, but this one was an absolute gem. The source material is from the original Super Mario Kart from 1992. The artist here took the original 30-second bossa nova tune and turned it into a fantastic 3:21 crooner ballad with lyrics about Mario Kart. And also Christmas.
I’ll be chasing that checkered flag
No more gifts to bag
You can keep all your jingle bells
I’ll take turtle shells
Of red and green
Jay Epperhart – Carol of the Final Fantasy Belles
A lovely piano medley arrangement of several themes from various Final Fantasy games and Parasite Eve woven together with the classic “Carol of the Bells”.
Dale North – Christmas in the Village (Silver Bells)
Dale North, also of OneUps fame, has made a few Christmas-themed video game arrangements over the years, though I think this one, mixing a theme from Lufia II with “Silver Bells”, is my favourite.
Goomin Nam – Fisherman’s Horizon (Christmas ver.)
A lot of Christmas VGM is more like this – it doesn’t have any actual Christmas music and is just an arrangement of the original track from Final Fantasy VIII, but the instrumentation and tone have a Christmas-y feel to them, and it’s just a lovely song.
Happy holidays! I hope you enjoyed these songs. Do you know of any other holiday video game music/arrangements? Feel free to tell me in the comments, I always love discovering new music!