Ocarina of Time still remains one of my favorite Zelda games to this day. With the cheery music of Hyrule Field to “Epona’s Song”, each aspect of the game still resonates with me and brings back positive childhood memories. The ocarina was actually my inspiration to start taking music lessons, which opened up a whole new world for me as a kid. My interest in learning how to read music was ignited by The Legend of Zelda, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

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The musical pieces in Ocarina of Time almost seemed magical, which inspired me to pursue music. The Legend of Zelda was one of the main reasons why I picked the flute when I was in elementary school. I may have not been very good at playing the instrument when I was younger, but it still remains a fond memory for me. I felt as if I were Link, and it brought me a sense of fulfillment that pleased my nerdy, impressionable heart.

This year I went to the King Richard’s Faire, and it was there that I found an entire cart full of ocarinas. All I could think of in that moment was that I absolutely had to have one. I had gone 23 years without having an ocarina, even though I had wanted one for a long time. I quickly analyzed the different types of ocarinas available, and picked a small black one with the triforce symbol upon it. It was perfect in my eyes, and with my selection I was handed a beginner’s book of songs to play with the ocarina and my childhood fantasies became fulfilled.  

Throughout the whole day I played around with the ocarina, feeling like I was the main character of a video game series. I learned “Happy Birthday” and “Zelda’s Lullaby” first, then attempted to move on to more complicated pieces. I still play my ocarina to this day, and it lays gracefully on my bedside table every night. Sometimes I drag my fingers across the grooves of the instrument in awe as I realize in that moment that this ocarina is mine. It’s my ocarina that I protect; an instrument that I cherish with every ounce of my soul.