So Tuesday was kind of a weird day for me. I woke up at 8 a.m. because I needed to be at work by 9:30, and I also had big plans for the rest of the day. A trip that had… suddenly come up but I really wanted to go on loomed large over my shortened shift that day, and I wanted to get right to it. I got to work, worked, but then my plans were cancelled.
And, listen, plans are hard. Plans change. And that particular plan had been a pain on all sides to pin down. But still, when you fight hard to make something happen, it sucks when it all doesn’t work out. I got home crushed and oddly guilty.
Then, like a beacon of hope, my best friend frantically messaged our Fire Emblem Discord chat:
It had finally happened. The moment we had all silently known was coming for us. It made sense, after all. We knew we were getting a main-series Fire Emblem game for the Switch ever since Nintendo did a Fire Emblem-centric Direct last January. (Yeah, it was that long ago). It seemed like now was the time to finally get news on that new game.
But then, here it was. Confirmation. A title and our first look at a game we had all been eagerly anticipating for more than a year.
And just like I promised last week, I’m back again with more Bandori/Bang Dream content. I’ve realized I haven’t been consistent with which name I’ve used to refer to this game (it’s changed over my first post about the game to my best characters list post to now), but I feel like the names are interchangeable to me, so, apologies for any confusion that may have caused.
Anyway, today I’m counting down my top 20 original songs from this game. Just like last week, I’ll be giving a little blurb on each one. Though it’s fun that this game covers well-known anime openings and the like, I still definitely find myself repeatedly coming back to the original music created specifically for the game.
In a lot of ways, they exemplify the personalities of the bands that “perform” them a lot better than the covers do. So, without further ado, let’s celebrate the best of the best!
If you’re wondering if I’m still hopelessly devoted to Bandori…. I still am. So much. So much that I decided to do another post on it. And another post on it next week. I’m so sorry, you guys.
Yep, after ranking the characters of Bandori, this week and next week I’ll be ranking my favorite cover and original songs respectively. Today, we focus on the covers.
The fact that Bandori covers songs really sets it apart, at least to me, from many other similar games. It’s really fun to hear their take on so many well-known Vocaloid songs and anime OPs and EDs.
But which ones are my absolute favorite? Let’s find out together.
I was tagged by my friend Olivia over at Books and Big Ideas to do the Shuffle the Music Tag, which has rules as follows:
- Thank the person who nominated you for this tag and link to their blog.
- Shuffle your entire music library (no matter how old songs the songs are) and talk about the FIRST FIFTEEN songs that come up (anything like why they are there, if they signify something, any story, why you like them, etc.)
- Mention the songs as well as the artists.
- Tag 7 people or more to do this tag and please let them know!
Just like Olivia did, I’m going to be doing 20 songs because I love myself some tunes. Also, I’ll be pulling these songs from six different Spotify playlists. See, I organize my music in Spotify by year I first got into them, so I’ll be pulling the first 5 songs from my 2018 playlist, and then 3 from the next five playlists going back all the way to 2013. There’s sure to be some real relics in here, haha.
Without further ado! Let’s get to the music.
It’s become somewhat of a tradition in my family to declare a “Song of the Summer” every year. Usually, this song is a radio hit at the time, one we believe will get the most airplay over the summer and become an iconic summer jam for that year.
Some of the greatest joy in this tradition comes from declaring the summer song ludicrously early, even before summer officially begins, because we like to be know-it-alls with way too much confidence when it comes to music. So I thought this yearly tradition would make a great blog topic.
Here are 10 songs of the summer from every year since 2008… and my pick for the song of the summer for this year. My personal definition for the song of the summer is any song that was popular during that year that could easily be played in a convertible with the top down. Sound good? Let’s go.
I originally had a different idea for this week’s post, but after I realized that Arctic Monkeys’ new album “Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino” was going to be released this week, I dropped everything to write a review of it.
This is Arctic Monkeys’ first album since their 2013 hit “AM.” I was introduced to the band by that album, like many people were, charmed by their swagger-filled alt rock sound behind the crooning, smooth vocals of lead singer Alex Turner. “AM,” I think, is a fantastic primer to the band’s work, accessible, catchy, and instantly understandable. I love “AM.”
This album is not “AM,” though.
It is Friday morning as I’m writing this, the day after moving back home from my first year of college. I spent a long time yesterday evening unpacking boxes, putting clothes back in drawers, and reintegrating myself into the same room I’ve lived in for almost 20 years now.
I’ve only just now started this blog post because I debated what I wanted to do. I almost went ahead and did something normal and media-related, but it felt wrong not to commemorate the occasion. Especially after doing my Day One post, I felt like it wouldn’t make sense if I didn’t make a last day post. But then, my last day of college wasn’t very exciting. It was weird and sad and honestly, my Day One post was already a little bit weird and sad. That doesn’t define my freshman year of college at all… well, at least not totally.
So I thought instead I’d share a couple of stories from Freshman year. I hope you’ll enjoy this little trip through the year with me.