I still remember the first moment I found Rito Village in Breath of the Wild. I’d been wandering about for some time around the western portion of the map and I saw a bundle of what looked like buildings in the distance. Excited to find a new town (admittedly, I wanted to see possible new armors to dress Link up in) I gleefully made my way there.
I didn’t think that Rito Village would have one of my favorite Zelda songs awaiting me, however.
Medli’s Melodies is a series in which we choose our favorite songs from The Legend of Zelda franchise, or highlight a special piece of music from the perpetually creative fan community. Music has always such been such an integral component of Zelda games, and we’re here to celebrate that every week!
From the very moment I arrived, I was in love with the music. It was slow-paced, but had its own identity and stood out among the rest of the soundtrack. It was pleasant to listen to as I walked around speaking to my favorite race of characters. In fact it was so relaxing, I found myself putting the game down and closing my eyes just to lose myself in the music; something I don’t do much anymore.
Any time I hear a song I love from a game, I become very excited at the idea of possible remixes or covers of said music from other talented folks. Youtuber Sam Griffin Guitar has given us a relaxing and masterfully played guitar cover of the Rito Village, and I adore it to pieces. If I’m being completely honest, I tend to not care as much for solo guitar covers of songs, but the way Sam plays his guitar makes me reconsider that stance.
It’s a great tribute to the song, as it takes me right back to the Rito Village, speaking to all the Rito while enjoying the atmosphere and scenery. In fact, I was enjoying it so much that the simple two minute length of the song felt more like 10 seconds! It made me forget about time for just a short moment, and in my book that’s the mark of a truly great piece of music.
You can find more of Sam’s masterful playing and covers on his Youtube channel.