Here's what's gonna happen. I'm going to give you a bunch of phrases that describe situations (like "Darkest hour" or "Rescuing a friend"), and you're going to pick a song for each phrase, as if you were in that situation and the song is background music. Interpret each phrase however you like - Whatever comes to mind is valid. To make this actually deserving of a postcount section rather than, say, the Playground, it'd be awesome if you explained your choices as well, or just painted a picture of your scenario and how the song fits in. (If a mod decides this is more Playground material anyway, move away - I shan't be miffed). Phrases (in template form) in the first spoiler, my own soundtrack in the second. Spoiler: Soundtrack Phrases Code: [b]Main Theme •[/b] [b]My Hometown •[/b] [b]Battle (Generic) •[/b] [b]Goofing Off •[/b] [b]Trouble in Town •[/b] [b]Call to Action •[/b] [b]Battle (Worthy Opponent) •[/b] [b]Leaving Home •[/b] [b]Wondrous Sights •[/b] [b]Battle (Rival) •[/b] [b]Through Dark Caverns •[/b] [b]The Coming Storm •[/b] [b]Tragedy Strikes •[/b] [b]Battle (Desperate Struggle) •[/b] [b]Awakened Resolve •[/b] [b]To the Rescue •[/b] [b]My Last Journey •[/b] [b]Battle (Final) •[/b] [b]Homecoming •[/b] [b]Epilogue •[/b] Spoiler: ♪ My PST ♪ Main Theme • The Damned Things ~ We've Got a Situation Here "Scott Ian on guitar" is one of those things that automatically puts your song in the running to be my theme. I feel like the lyrics suit me in one mood and the instrumentation in another, and the combination has fascinated me since the first listen. The more I hear it, the more attached I get. My Hometown • Shoji Meguro ~ Also Sprach Brooks A little soft jazz to soothe the soul. Nice even-tempered song, something you could imagine hearing as the backdrop to several static city shots. The progression also has this slow tumbling feeling about it, like a lazy day unfolding. Battle (Generic) • Jun Senoue ~ Death Ruins FRICK I FORGOT ONE. Well, I spent so much time tryna figure out a song for this that I forgot to do it, but then when I came back I went WAIT. I'VE GOT IT. For something to spring so vividly to mind tells me I just have to go for it. It's rockin', it's rollin', it's ass bruisin' music at its finest. Goofing Off • Tsuneo Imahori ~ Winners This track is so funny to me. Something about the warped, drunken chanting really gets me, and besides that it's got a nice beat. Fitting for rounding up the gang, goin' out for a night on the town, and gettin' in a whole lotta trouble. Trouble in Town • Takeharu Ishimoto ~ Despair This track spells "trouble." Writes it out in dark piano chimes and high-pitched, nerve-rattling strings. Not very long, but it gets the message across. Call to Action • Shoji Meguro ~ Stray Sheep Never been a huge fan of Meguro 'til this soundtrack—Most of it sounds overproduced to me, but his work on Catherine is so vibrant and free. Every melody is so full of personality. This one conveys tension and tenderness at the same time, as if encouraging the listener to press on, though the way may be steep and paved with strife. Then suddenly it crashes down at the end, accompaniment to finally taking that great leap into the dark. Battle (Worthy Opponent) • Ryota Koduka ~ Battle - B2 There simply is no better theme to get you pumped and ready for action. This is the track that lets you know diplomacy has failed, conflict has come to a head, and it's time to get medieval on somebody's ass. When I look for a fight song, I don't want something moody, I want something full of adrenaline; and adrenaline this track has got, in spades. Leaving Home • The Tossers ~ The Rocky Road to Dublin Had to fit this in somewhere, and where better than as a theme for leaving home? The way it moves quickly on from tearful goodbyes into the journey itself seems like something that would be true of me; I'm the type who'd never leave if I spent too long on goodbyes. And while it portrays a rough journey it also ends on a high note, finding friends far from home. Wondrous Sights • Nobuo Uematsu ~ Calm before the Storm My go-to track for anything with a "Wonders of nature" kinda theme, and anyone who's played the game will probably see vivid imagery in this track right away. You can just hear the awe and reverence in every instrument. I prefer the non-HD version for the fact that the synthesizers lend it more of an out-of-this-world feel. Battle (Rival) • Daisuke Ishiwatari ~ Nothing Out of the Ordinary DAISUKEEEE. At first I was trying to keep him out of my soundtrack so as not to look the fanboy, but then I went wait. Who am I trying to impress? It's MY soundtrack, I'll use whatever I goddamned want to. From there it was just a matter of settling on a song. This one has a way of sticking with me—I've never called it my favorite, but everytime it comes on I jam out to it, and I'd say that makes for a pretty good rival theme. Through Dark Caverns • Nobuo Uematsu ~ Ice Cavern Next to Pokemon GSC's Dark Cave this is THE cave theme for me, and this one's a little easier on the ears so I went with it. Though it is bent more towards an ice cave, I can see it working for a regular one as well, or perhaps a cavern near to the surface with lots of wind blowing through, weird vegetation, and maybe some magick crystals for flavor. Tragedy Strikes • Takeharu Ishimoto ~ Amnesia Not much to say about this one, it's the quintessential tragedy track for me. No profound sadness is complete without a violin crying to the heavens. Battle (Desperate Struggle) • System of a Down ~ Question! Might seem odd mixed in with the others, but it's had such a profound impact on me. Fragile, desperate, transient—The track seems to radiate these words, even imprint them and images of them in my head. I picture a blood-drenched warrior striking down soldier after soldier as cherry blossoms float by, or a burst of inky blacknness enshrouding the sky, snuffing out the light. Awakened Resolve • Kohei Tanaka and Shiro Hamaguchi ~ The Very Very Very Strongest And this one's the exact opposite of the above: a ballad of triumph, grit teeth, and vows bellowed through a bloody throat. An ode to iron determination. The vicious war cry of a man on his last reserves of strength, still so sure of his victory that he pushes through slashed arms and broken ribs to grasp it. It's the turning point, drums booming, brass swelling higher and higher... until, at long last, it dissolves into tired strings. Muscles relax. Breaths release. We've done it, men. To the Rescue • Omnia ~ Etrezomp-ni Kelted Went through a couple tracks for this one, some of them hyped up, some outright silly—but ultimately I decided on something softer, and that I'd come this far with a pretty serious tone and wanted to keep it consistent. Almost the only lyrics to this song are "Alliance of the Celts," and besides that, it has that sort of comeback melody that I'd expect from a rescue. My Last Journey • Kota Hoshino ~ On Satelloid Just about anything from this soundtrack is bound to be emotional for me, and I'm surprised I haven't picked more tracks from it. This one I just couldn't ignore; no penultimate theme sticks out more in my mind. It's a little hopeful, a little melancholic, and even has a bit of bass behind it, as of the slow, steady climb upwards to the final stage. Battle (Final) • Luca Turilli ~ Prophet of the Last Eclipse I don't even wanna comment on this one, for fear of ruining it. Just... see if you can get through the whole 11 minutes. You'll understand why I picked it. Homecoming • Home Made Kazoku vs. Daft Punk vs. Justice ~ Give Heart Back to Music | Shounen of Nazareth This might overlap a little with my choice for Epilogue, but I wanted to accomplish a lot more with this one. To capture the reward at the end of the journey, the excitement of the hero's return, and my own personal flair in such a situation. PLUS I WAS RUNNING OUT OF ROOM AND REALIZED I HADN'T MANAGED TO FIT IN ANY DANCE MUSIC OR EUREKA SEVEN. SO I DID THE EFFICIENT THING AND COMBINED THEM. Epilogue • In Flames ~ Dialogue with the Stars Seems like a good closer to me. It's heavy, but also uplifting, and it has a sort of finality to it. The storm has passed, but it's not time to rest yet. It's a credits theme for a hero with many journeys left to take; and to me the end of every story is the beginning of another, so I find it fitting.