It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the Earthbound game series (“Mother” in Japan). In January 2008, I did an arrangement of one of my favourite songs from Mother 3. The song wasn’t accepted by OCRemix and wasn’t taken in by Starmen.net, but maybe my invisible readers will enjoy it just as a regular old song.
Playing guitar is Chris Semoff and on bass is Warren Bray. I play piano, keyboards and the melodica. Together we call ourselves Over the Map.
Title: Between Frogs
Artist: Over the Map
Composer: Shogo Sakai (2006)
I like to think of this rendition as an adventure in itself—the journey from one save frog to the next. In the Earthbound universe a lot can happen between saves. The game’s rich scenarios fertilized with interesting characters and dialogue allow things to move along quickly. Similarly, we try to waste little time moving from part to part.
And now for some jargon about how the arrangement fits with the game.
Since this is a Japanese only game I think I should explain the source material in a bit more depth. The original song is called “Happy Town?” (#126 in the Sound Player) which approximates to “Memory of Tatsumairi” off the Mother 3i album. This song is played in several different ways throughout the game though they all roughly translate to “this is the song for your home town.” The piece lends itself well to the many heroes in the game setting out to do what they do best—kicking ass! As well, we throw in “In the Room (#48)” for some good reggae measure. In our arrangement, I imagine the Pig Masks flying over Lucas’s home in Tatsumairi blaring this reggae bit from their loud speakers.