So I have a confession to make: I didn’t really explore different styles of music until I was around 16 or 17. A large part of my branching out had to do with the video game remix website OCRemix. While I was perusing their site for different music, I naturally explored games I loved or were familiar with, which, of course, includes the Zelda franchise. Perusing through their Wind Waker section I found a song with an interesting name that definitely sounded interesting so I gave it a good listen.

“Her Smile in Every Summer” by Hot Freaks reminds me a lot of the music styles in the 70’s or 80’s, and it was this song that really made me explore more genres. The song itself really nails that style, and even the lyrics are very reminiscent of those eras. Of course, the thought of this song occurring on Outset Island, of which it’s a remix of, make the song all the better. It’s also a great example of how some creativity and imagination can create such an original piece of music. It wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to find this on a mixtape in the 70’s!

Although some aren’t fond of lyrics in their remixes of songs without lyrics in the first place, I think this remix makes a great case of how taking a piece of music and using it in a different style and adding lyrics can really add a whole new dimension to the remix and the song. In fact, this song is so good to me that I often hum this song instead of Outset Island’s theme. And to me, that’s as strong a testament to a song as any.

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