I’m going to be honest, and it’s hard for me to say, but nonetheless, I have never finished Majora’s Mask. I loved the game so much, but I have never been able to complete it for myself. I had a Nintendo 64 for a short while before having to sell it for financial reasons, and when I had it then I only made it about halfway through to the Gorons. It was such a good game and so hard for me to let go, but recently I bought the remake for the 3DS and I will beat it for myself. Until then, I listen to the music to relive moments of the past and prepare myself for what’s to come. One of the songs from this game that I’ve recently been enjoying is none other than the Stone Tower theme.
I’ve come across many nice covers of this mystifying piece, but one in particular that stands out to me is by Big Hat. Now though I haven’t played through it myself, I have seen clips and videos of this legendary dungeon, and I feel as though this cover does a fantastic job of creating an enigmatic and eerie ambiance. Even if I hadn’t seen anything from it, I could definitely feel the intensity of this lair from the theme itself. The choir used in this rendition of the tune makes it more impactful — like the epic finale of a movie.
My favorite part of this song was always the hopeful melody of the flute. Without it, the whole piece seems so much darker. I think that flute is supposed to symbolize Link as being a light in the darkness — A glimmer of faith for the hopeless. In this version of the tune, in particular, I really feel like the woodwind flows naturally throughout the piece. It really eases the harsh tones of the drumbeats, and again, brings that feeling of prospect.
Now that I have a copy of Majora’s Mask for the 3DS, I’m going to finish what I started, and I’ll be looking forward to hearing this piece for myself. I am thrilled just thinking that I will be able to be the hero of Termina, bringing light to a land filled with darkness once again.