Toast for Talos Builders
I've been trying to come up with a song for this bit of Final Fantasy XIV plot for a while now, and finally twigged to how close the feeling I was aiming for was to Leslie Fish's ode to the shipbuilders and Mission Control crew of Apollo...
The Arms of Thal
So this is my first Final Fantasy XIV Online song (to go with all the World of Warcraft ones I've written). Notionally, it's written by my bard character as a tribute to fallen friends (in at least two cases, falling specifically in the act of protecting him).
Inspired by some friends who really did travel 300 miles from Fort Worth to Midland because that was where the graphics card was available. Blasted crypto miners...
Beyond the Veil (Taelia’s Song)
Another World of Warcraft song, this time inspired by the character of Taelia Fordragon — who, as the new Shadowlands expansion bringing players into the lands of the dead begins, has just learned that her father, Bolvar Fordragon, didn't quite die the way she was told...
Inspired by watching my friend Kris Overstreet playing Kerbal Space Program on his own gamestream. (I have the game myself but haven't played it much mainly because I find the actually having to steer during launch incredibly daunting.)
This is sort of my own version of Frank Hayes' "When I Was a Boy" — a nostalgic look at some of the earliest command-line computer games like Adventure/Colossal Caves and Zork, set to Stan Rogers' "Northwest Passage" by way of Wm. Mark Simmons' "Goddard Passage."
Another short piece mashing up the "Pinky and the Brain" theme by Tom Ruegger and Richard Stone with Jeremy Soule's music for Skyrim...
From 2014, and two — soon to be three — World of Warcraft expansions ago. If you were playing an Alliance character the music that played in your garrison — your home base for the Warlords of Draenor expansion — had a chord progression resembling a certain Eagles tune...
As might well be imagined from the lyrics, this was my first song written during the quarantine… Words and music by Joseph Abbott I have to get off Twitter nowI need to give the news a restI’m only getting crazierThe more I stay abreastI need to take some time awayFrom the troubles of this placeA book, a show, a game to playSomewhere I can put on a braver face In another world, I can cool my worriesIn another world, I can ease my painIn another world, I can be the hero and save the day againWhen this world gets to be too much to bearI know that another’s waiting there…
I’ve Got a Thing (My Aunt Gave)
Parody of Billy Joel's "She's Got a Way" inspired by Infocom's Hitchhiker's Guide text adventure.