Magic Knight Rayearth OST

I stumbled over this piece of magic on complete accident, searching for another anime soundtrack. It blew me once it hit the 30-second mark. Just oh my gosh! I absolutely love the strings and horns and wind instruments! It’s so upbeat and chirpy, yet regal with its use of classical instruments! It makes me so happy and almost nostalgic somehow to listen to it. It reminds me of some Studio Ghibli soundtracks somehow. Love love love it!

~Jamie

The Battle is to the Strong from Fate/Zero

This epic, brilliant battle track from the anime Fate/Zero was written by female musical composer Yuki Kajiura and is one of her many great pieces of sound. I absolutely love the vocals and percussion. And the electric guitar solo in the middle is fantastic!

~Jamie

Amaranth by Nightwish (Orchestra Vs Original)

As a young teenager, I remember the thrill of discovering Amaranth, my first favorite metal song, for the first time: it was raw, harsh, sweet, and aggressive all at the same time. I absolutely loved it. I still know almost all the words by heart and my body knows every beat to dance to. It’s just such a great song. Interestingly enough, not long after I discovered it, I heard an orchestra version of the same song, and wow. It’s so different…and yet STILL SO GOOD…just in another way. The heavy electric guitar is replaced by a chorus of angelic voice and harps and strings and brass. It’s a phenomenal version

Interestingly enough, not long after I discovered it, I heard an orchestra version of the same song, and wow. It’s so different…and yet STILL SO GOOD…just in another way. The heavy electric guitar is replaced by a chorus of angelic voice and harps and strings and brass. It’s a phenomenal version to an already awesome song and yet it changes it in so many ways. I absolutely LOVE the comparison!

I think every single person can listen to these two songs, at least like one of them. I’m slightly partial to the metal version still, but only by a bit.

~Jamie

The ABC Challenge || “R”

pop/contemporary

Roar by Katy Perry. This song has SO MUCH meaning to me. Definitely, hands down an all time favorite. It’s my anthem; it’s what I strive to do more and more every day: roar. The first chorus especially summarizes my past, which makes it feel even more personal. But it’s such an empowering, triumphant song! I love it!

Rise by Selena Gomez. DANG Selena has been putting out quality songs lately. This is one of my favorite uplifting songs from her. The music style is awesome, and the lyrics are just amazing. I loved biking around the park to this song in the dark late at night; I felt like I was floating and it kept my muscles going. I just love this song so much.

Remember the Time by Michael Jackson. I didn’t grow up listening to his music, but I remember seeing the original music video playing in a Carls Jr and it caught my attention. I thoroughly educated myself on Michael Jackson afterward and after listening to his music I definitely think he deserves the fame he has. This is one of my very favorite songs by him; i love dance power it exudes.

Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Ahhhhhhh, I really like this song. I heard in the Scream film franchise (a movie series I FLIPPING LOVE) and it made me fiercely love this song. I love tempo and darkness and playful edge. ❤

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The RV Park from Bolt. I remember friends lending me their copy of the Bolt OST a long long time ago; and while there were many great themes, I flipping loved this one the most. It’s even inspired very specific book scenes from my novels. I LOVE the playfulness, slight mysteriousness, and then that romp of adventure at the very end.

independent/instrumental

Rise of a Kingdom by Brunuhville. I sure do love my fantasy music. Here’s an excellent track with excellent throwbacks to medieval ancient times through harpsichord, percussion, and recorder. I love the tinkling, dangerous bit of the piano at 2:10. It takes my breath away.

alternative

Renegade from Gangsta. RENEGAAAAAAADE, ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS OF ALL TIME, JUST HECK YESSSSSSS. This energized dubstep/electro song is one of my favorite pump songs, especially when I remember what a great story and characters “Gangsta” had when I watch the synched animation. ❤

The River Sings by Enya. This is a looooooong time favorite of my from Enya’s selection and it’s paired perfectly with some Lord of the Rings footage. I’ve listened to this song a repeat since I was maybe fifteen, and I’m twenty-two now. It’s so atmospheric, hopeful and even dark at the exact same time.

Royal Road, Paradise by Susumu Hirasawa. ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS FROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE COMPOSERS. It’s so creepy and unsettling; Hirasawa’s vocal work is wonderful here; he can use such emotion and reach such wonderful notes when he sings. I feel so much even though I can’t understand Japanese. I love how it starts off more brooding and settled; then at 2:19 IT ESCALATES DRAMATICALLY. It’s pounding and soulful and urgent. IT’S FREAKING AMAZING.

musicals

Rock Island from The Music Man. It’s the first song from this wonderful classic; my sister had it memorized at one point. It’s one of the most unique songs I’ve ever heard in a musical, and just PLAIN FUN. I’ve never seen a movie, musical or not, give such a great set up to its film in such a creative way. ❤ The Music Man is just the best. ❤

~Jamie

Kara no Kyokai Soundtrack Highlights

薄れる – Fade: When I first heard this, I was floored. Just floored. Its tone is airy with a touch of peril and techno, followed up by the angelic female vocals. And then a driving beat to round it all out. It’s beautiful and deadly and alluring and determined all at the same time. Mid-way through it softens back out without loosing its drive and we get a soft airiness to carry us to the song’s end.

Mirai Fukuin: Wow. The reverb. The darkness. The power. This pieces emanates such power! The airy dark techno, the female vocals; they work so well to create a chilling approach of shadows. I wish this track wasn’t so short because I could write pages of fiction to it.  Just wow. I really must give a round of applause to Yuki Kajiura for her talent in creating such amazing musical soundscapes!

~Jamie

The ABC Challenge || “P”

pop/contemporary

Problem sung by Pentatonix. I took a couple weeks off from this do to sickness and crazy work hours and all the sleeping I needed to do inbetween. But tonight I actually felt like I had time to to this! I’m starting us off with a BANG with Pentatonix’s cover Arianna Grande’s song “Problem.” Boy can Mitch rap, and they just sound incredible. I really like the original song, but this blows it out of the water.

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Power to Progress from Life is Strange. I almost get chills. The strong percussion and chorus work; it conjurs up blinding sunlight and tension and running into the wind.

Portrait of Solitude from The Boy and the Beast. This song is an adventure to listen to!! Such wonderful orchestra! The brass, the cymbol, the strings, wind instruments, they just all play together in such a marvelous way. You can taste the adventure and speed.

classical

Promenade (Walking the Dog). I’m not sure which is the title, but I’m putting it here. This TOTALLY makes me think of walking a dog, though, traipsing down the street, curious and wobbling along. It gives me some mild detective theme vibes too, which I LOVE.

independent/instrumental

Prophecy by Adrian von Ziegler. To call this a favorite song would be an understatement. I’ve loved this song since it was first uploaded in 2012 and have written many novel scenes and wandered my imagination countless times to it. It’s noble and dramatic and epic. I love the speedy violin that comes into play, too, and the gorgeous bagpipes and percussion make my ears bleed from the majesty. Especially when the second half doubles in speed. I will ALWAYS love this song. ❤

Panda Power by Adrian von Zeigler. I was actually torn between two different ‘panda’ songs Adrian had written, but I opted for this one because it’s just pure epicness and it’s simplicity works to its advantage. I love rich oriental themed songs like this, I have a hard time finding songs such as this. So I hold this song near and dear for its mind-blowing percussion and theme. ❤

alternative

Potato Head Blues by Louis Armstrong. I remember when I first heard this: I was a little kid clicking through music genres on a PC encyclopedia software game, and a clip of this song, which starts at 1:50, played through my cheap headphones. I remember being spellbound at the magical trumpet and how happy it made me feel. I never forgot the title because it was so funny, and years later when I finally got access to Youtube, I looked up Potato Head Blues to hear the full version. This era of music continues to remain one of my very favorites still. ❤

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Pick A Little, Talk a Little from The Music Man. I just rewatched this film, and this sure is a little gem of a diddy. And incredibly amusing, comparing gossiping middle aged women in their feather hats to pecking chickens. XD

~Jamie