Perhaps it’s because I played clarinet in band class for eight years, but I’ve always found myself enamored with skillful woodwind playing. I understand how much practice, time and effort goes into learning and performing a song. I also obviously have a strong passion for writing and Zelda, as I’m writing this article here now.

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!

When I found this sax cover by musician and writer subversiveasset, I was blown away. His sax playing is absolutely top-notch. I found myself getting lost in the music, and as usual, memories of playing Twilight Princess came flooding back. Midna is probably my favorite of all Link’s travel companions, so unsurprisingly I loved her theme as well as “Midna’s Lament,” both of which are covered beautifully here.

A unique video featuring not just excellent sax music, but also a well-written short story to go with it.

Not only does subversiveasset play some smooth jazz, but he’s also a talented writer. At the bottom of the video, he writes a hypothetical story about what he believes happened between Midna and Zant over the years before Link met them. It’s a really cool idea, one which he calls cover stories. I haven’t seen anything like this before, and yet it’s such a simple idea. Listening to the music and reading the story really pulls me in, and I feel it gives whole experience much more impact. The amount of passion on display here is truly staggering, and I love every bit of it.

I used to not enjoy jazz music much when I was younger. I couldn’t tell you why, though I think it might have been because of my upbringing on heavy rock, so I didn’t like how light the jazz sounded in comparison. Now that I’m older and I’ve come to see the error of my ways, jazz is one of my favorite genres. I never actually considered how much I’d enjoy jazz covers of Zelda music, but after hearing and reading this cover, I can’t get enough of it. I need more of it, and so long as subversiveasset continues to make covers, which I hope will be for a long time, I think we’ll all be in for a treat in each cover story he makes.

Saxophone players were always the cool kids in my school’s band, so by proxy that makes subversiveasset a cool kid, too. You can find more cool content from him on his YouTube channel, and you can also follow him on his Twitter. Or if you’d like to support him directly, you can do so at his Patreon.