Sunday, September 25, 2016

Talking Point: Hiroshi Sato and Zelda's Lullaby

So, this is kind of a strange article in that it really vaguely touches down upon gaming, but it's an interesting footnote and a little bit obscure in the grand scheme of things. I could just deliver the point immediately and be done, but alas, what's the point of that? If you don't care that much about it, that's totally fine, this will be more than less an anomaly, but I just found it interesting, so here it is.

Hiroshi Sato is a strange musical artist in that in spite of having produced a lot of popular music during the '80s in his native Japan, he might as well have never existed. He's since become an elusive figure in the grand scheme of things, with his most popular albums selling for upwards of $250.
It's not that he was the kind of musician who had one hit and then vanished; if anything, after solo efforts, he began doing more behind-the-scene works in the music industry at the arguable height of his fame- he turned to rising musicians instead, helping in their productions as a sound engineer (among other things), even being involved with the production of a golden single in 2008, four years before his death.
If this is the kind of thing that interests you, there's a pretty decent biography here as well as his own website. Other than that, you'd honestly be hard-pressed to find much else out there in the ether other than that there are roughly eight pictures of him hidden online and that he really liked dogs- an unimportant point, at that.
The point of interest for this article is a single in the form of his cover of the Beatles song, "This Boy".
The one thing that makes the otherwise inoffensive tune from being lost to time is an interesting footnote- the song starts out with something sounding blatantly similar to Zelda's Lullaby in A Link to the Past.
It's not all that far-fetched to assume that the two are related, especially considering the two share a very similar interlude that was simply expanded upon by Koji Kondo. Sure, the dates might be kind of off- A Link to the Past came out in 1991 whereas "This Boy" was released in 1985 (a full six years prior, to those who are mathematically-challenged)- but it's certainly the kind of tune that would be in the ether for a while, and it could very well have been an earworm of sorts.
Is it true that one of the most iconic pieces of music in gaming was inspired by a long-forgotten artist like Sato? Probably. We won't ever know, but the resemblance is uncanny, so there.
That's all I've got.

For the last Talking point on plant sex and fancy dildos, CLICK HERE.
For the last A Thought to Chew on colors in Super Mario Galaxy, CLICK HERE.
For the last Interview with Final Smash, CLICK HERE.
For the last Dear Nintendo in regards to being hip on social media, CLICK HERE.

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