Flute Boy’s Meadow – Grandma’s Theme

JordanJanuary 14th, 2013 by Jordan

Well, Zelda Dungeoners, I’m sick. As of the writing of this post my head is pounding so hard I can’t see straight and my nose is trying to perform its best imitation of a faucet. All the same I would never dream of depriving you wonderful folks of your weekly music feature (besides, Bastian would kill me if I skipped out on another post) so as they say, the show must go on!

Since I’m under the weather I got thinking about what Zelda music matches well with flu season and the general feeling of being ill. While a few songs came to mind, the number one choice for me was “Grandma’s Theme” from The Wind Waker. I personally tend to avoid picking favorite games from the Zelda series but if I did The Wind Waker would be a top contender so expect bias.

Either way, to read my thoughts on “Grandma’s Theme” go ahead and jump in!

Before we get started I want to clear up one thing: I know this song isn’t limited to Grandma’s illness. It continues playing inside Link’s house for the rest of the game even after you heal her. Nonetheless, I have always associated the tune with her sitting in her chair wrapped in a blanket and wallowing in her sadness (or whatever it is grandmas are supposed to wallow in).

Even if you don’t associate it with her depression, the song is not exactly happy. With its steady tempo and the melding of the lower woodwinds with some strings the tune is… depressing. It has a nice homestead feel to it, but that is overshadowed by the sadder tone that defines the song. Still, I often find that many of my favorite Zelda tunes tend to be the sad ones and this is no exception. This song is beautiful; from the light plucking of strings to the rising and falling strains of the woodwind instrument (which I think is meant to be an oboe, possibly a variation of the clarinet) it just tugs at you.

As I said before, The Wind Waker is among my favorite Zelda games and this song is near the top of the list where the game’s music is concerned. It is very smooth and flowing, without any distracting complexities to take away from its sweet tune. I love this song, what can I say?

I would love to write more about “Grandma’s Theme,” but I feel at this point I would just be writing in circles. On that note, I am going to get some rest and pray I don’t feel like an Octorok’s target practice when I wake up (maybe I should have a sip of Grandma’s Elixer Soup?). In the meantime, be sure to let me know how you feel about this song and leave your thoughts in the comments. See you next week!

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  • VikzeLink

    What I never got (Cause English has the same word for both): Is it his grandma on his father’s side or his mother’s side? In Swedish we got different words for them

    • Awesome

      It never says, nor does it really matter. Link’s parents aren’t even mentioned in the game so there’s not really any need to go into to much detail.

    • the hero of shadow

      are u from europe i always wanted to go there and as awesome said it does not really matter in the series cuase links dad and mom only are mentioned in one game OoT but i assume its on his mothers side just because how much his grandma seems to know by how see talks examples”i always knew you would leave home on a day like this” which is close to a quate links granma says in the game and the reason i believe its on the mother side is becuase i believe tht links parents though scarcely mentioned know if there son is the chosen one and because the greandmother has both kids wich is often associated the mothers side of the family takes the kid so very rumor based but thts all i got (by the way thank u if you read through all this you got the master sword use it to vanquish evil

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dipalma Jordan DiPalma

      That’s something I never really thought about, to be honest. Like Awesome said, though, it doesn’t matter all that much… with Link and Aryll’s parents absent, Grandma’s role in their family has become that of the parent so that’s all that really matters to the kids.

    • M C

      In Macedonian we do too, we even have different ones for aunt and uncle!

  • the hero of shadow

    this theme is sad yet happy it in a way reminds me of earthbound cuase think of the story of both games a kid leaves home and grows up and ocaisionally gets homesick this theme shows tht perfectly with sadness and happiness in it

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dipalma Jordan DiPalma

      You’re right, this does have an Earthbound feel to it! Nice catch!

      • the hero of shadow

        thank you for replying i hope you get better just ask paula to use pray and like many said above elixir soup and guardian potion i was sick yesterday so you caught my contagion through the internet

  • LinksFanGirl231

    I’m sorry you’re sick! I’ve been sick lately too. :P It sucks. Maybe someone will be kind enough to play the Song of Healing for us and give us some of Grandma’s elixir soup.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dipalma Jordan DiPalma

      See, this is why I hate being so sick I can’t think. I should have slipped some mention of Grandma’s Elixer Soup into that post!
      …guess that’s what they make Edit buttons for ;)

    • M C

      Haha! I’m under the weather too. Elixir soup is just what I need. (In it’s absence, Chicken Noodle will have to do)

  • the hero of shadow

    by the way why is link well called link was tht like what nintendo called him i 1987 or his default name in one of the games or what

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dipalma Jordan DiPalma

      Nintendo named him that in the first game because he’s meant to be the player’s “Link” to the game world. I think his name was only mentioned in the instruction manual for the first game, but it’s in the title of the second game (Zelda II: The Adventure of Link). I don’t think any of the games actually give you a default name except for Twilight Princess (where your name defaults to Link and your horse’s to Epona) and the two DS games (which autofill your DS system’s name).

      • Lifeoflink

        Don’t forget Skyward Sword. It also has the default name if I’m not mistaken.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dipalma Jordan DiPalma

          I’ve only played Skyward Sword once, so I’d forgotten sorry :P

          • Lifeoflink

            Not a problem.

  • zombie_eat_flesh

    Those first few sentences make me wonder if someone is playing a game of Pandemic too much.

  • GOROHUG!!!!!!!!!!

    I guess this fits illness, but I realy can’t think of any other Zelda tunes that would fit that theme…
    Care to enlighten us, Jordan?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dipalma Jordan DiPalma

      I was thinking of whatever tunes might play in the Yeto and Yeta scenes in Twilight Princess. Nothing specific comes to mind, but I remember Yeto making soup for his wife because she was sick (No take mirror!) and I thought there were some scenes there that had sick-time music. *shrugs* I could be wrong, it’s been almost two years since last I played Twilight Princess.

      • GOROHUG!!!!!!!!!!

        That was just a slightly altered version of the snowpeak ruins theme…
        Not that it matters.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dipalma Jordan DiPalma

          Ah, so that’s what I was remembering. Still, I mostly said others came to mind to add some flavor text.

  • Someone

    I hope you get better soon, get someone to make you soup right away!
    Or you can give the flu to me, since I’ve got a lot of schoolwork this week and I’m stressing out. (I should be busy right now, I shouldn’t have done this xD)
    I have to say that this theme is really sweet, I always felt bad for grandma staying behind alone, and this just suits it perfectly.

    • M C

      Dude, I’m feeling sick and I have 3 tests and 2 exams this week. You do not want to have the flu.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bluecometsparklestar Bluecomet Sparklestar

        difference between test and exam?

  • linkypete

    your computer caught your virus and spread it into all of our computers! Now we can all be sick by catching our computer’s viruses! Anyone got some elixir soup?

  • Ordona

    Hope you feel better!

    I don’t think the sadness in the is necessarily restricted to Grandma’s depression, it sort of captures the melancholy of home in general. At the beginning of the game, Link had spent his whole life with his sister and his Grandma on the same island and probably had a very happy childhood. Upon leaving home and setting out to rescue Aryll he leaves that idealised childhood behind, much like in all the other games of the series. If he ever does return home, he doesn’t quite belong there any more – he’s outgrown his happy home. It’s quite easy to imagine he feels a certain melancholy sadness being back in a place he loves, yet now feels so alienated from. The song really captures that I reckon, that longing for a time that has passed – which, rather fittingly, is one of the themes of the whole game.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dipalma Jordan DiPalma

      Excellent summary! That’s a very good way to look at it, nice job :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/bluecometsparklestar Bluecomet Sparklestar

      yeah this totally makes so much sense! wow

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003298020387 Alan Da Cruz Nascimento

    that feel