Flute Boy’s Meadow – Romance in the Air

JordanFebruary 18th, 2013 by Jordan

Considering you probably noticed the immense amounts of red, pink, and chocolate around over the past few days, I doubt I need to point out to anyone that Valentine’s Day was just last Thursday. In light of the official “romance day” celebrated by couples everywhere, today seemed like a good day to focus on a more romantic Zelda tune than usual.

Now, making assumptions about Link’s love interests is a larger can of worms than I ever want to get into (“Ilia’s Theme” was enough, thanks . . . and if anyone brings up Malon versus Saria I may hide). So, I decided to play it safe and picked a song that blatantly sells itself as a romantic theme. Its title, after all, is “Romance in the Air.” So if you can stand just a little more sappiness coming out of this weekend, go on and hit the jump to read more!


Track: “Romance in the Air”
Game: Skyward Sword (Wii)
Purpose: Character Theme, Exposition
Composers: Hajime Wakai, Shiho Fujii, Mahito Yokota, Takeshi Hama

The Point
This song plays in the early scenes with Zelda and Link in Skyward Sword. It was also used as the music for the “Romance Trailer” released prior to the game’s launch. This track brings to mind the pair of them flying around Skyloft on Link’s Loftwing, sharing thoughts and talking about things to come.

As made evident by its name and uses, the track’s primary purpose is to set the mood for scenes featuring this game’s Link and Zelda. As childhood friends there is certainly a strong connection between the pair. This song serves to solidify that connection, while adding a sense of romantic interest as well. During cutscenes that focus on these two’s relationship, this theme’s purpose is to bring out their feelings.

The Sound
This is one soft, sweet tune. Like the rest of Skyward Sword‘s soundtrack, “Romance in the Air” is fully orchestrated so its instruments truly stand out. A steady undercurrent of light strings forms the basis of this song and makes it feel lighthearted from the get-go. Though never taking center stage, they help keep a steady flow to the song and reinforce the flute nicely.

Speaking of the flute, that happens to be what makes this tune really work. Along with other wind instruments, the flute plays in soft bursts that compliment the strings very well at the beginning. As the tune continues, the flute begins to blend together and traces a happy tune that chirps, rises, and otherwise sings a sweet and happy song that is sure to bring a smile.

The Verdict
Okay, I will admit I am a bit of a hopeless romantic. Blame my girlfriend. Either way, I find the interactions between Link and Zelda in Skyward Sword to be exceptionally sweet. I think Zelda’s design in the game looks cute, for one thing. Additionally, the incredible detail put into her and Link’s emotions throughout the game really adds to the feeling that there is truly something meaningful here.

For this song to work, it needed to match up to that feeling. This is young love, a childhood friendship that became more over time. For such a purpose I feel the tune works excellently. Its light, airy tone accents the friendship part of the relationship excellently. Then, as the song rises through its crescendos and other high points, it starts to strike the right emotional spark that really makes the relationship feel like more.

So, how do you like this song? Did you enjoy the relationship between Zelda and Link in Skyward Sword, or did you have issues with it? Let me know how you think in the comments!
Also, I know I mentioned last week that I would start looking at Zelda songs I don’t like, but I forgot to consider Valentine’s Day in that matter. Next week, promise! See you then!

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  • Link and Zelda

    cool song

  • IgosDuIkana

    I am going to let the cat out of the bag here that I am a huge Link x Zelda supporter, which was one of the redeeming qualities of Skyward Sword.

    • DekuPrincess

      I agree, it was nice for a change to rescue your best friend and possible crush as opposed to simply rescuing a princess you’ve never met–or only met once.

      • IgosDuIkana

        I think OOT and MM had a great perception of this…. her sorrow was obvious at sending him back, and almost every sheik meeting had undertones mainly the one with the serenade of water… but what solidified it for me was Zelda’s quote in MM. ALTTP they seemed connected in spirit, and she seemed to think he was amazing if you talk to her right before getting the master sword. Spirit Tracks Minish Cap and Wind Waker had a decent amount of romance without focusing on it…….. Also The end of the second game and not cannon the comic series from the 90s….. I think it is there enough to make a case… maybe even TP if I explained some things its a bit much to argue but you could

      • Midnafan

        much more of a compelling motive. I’ve always liked how TP made up for the lack of that relationship with Zelda by developing more of a connection with the Ordon kids, and then, once they were safe, with Midna. that was much better than calling on the players sense of heroism.

    • Midnafan

      They had that idea in the end of ST too. I wonder if we’ll be seeing more of a relationship between. them like this? the only reason Zelda would take a step back and become more of a overseeing character like she was in TP would be if they wanted to develop Link’s relationship with someone else.

  • Lifeoflink

    Your sentence about “a childhood friendship that became more over time” reminds me of a quote from Shiek in OoT.

    “It is something that grows over time… a true friendship.
    A feeling in the heart that becomes stronger over time…
    The passion of friendship will soon blossom into a righteous power and through
    it, you will know which way to go.”

    Anyone know where it is in the game?

    • Ordona

      It’s just before the fire temple.

    • baileygirl99

      I know that it’s one of the times when Shiek is teaching you a song on the ocarina….but I can’t remember…I think it might be when Shiek is teaching Link the Minuet of the Forest?

    • Turtles!

      It’s in the Ice Cavern, when Sheik is teaching you Serenade of Water.

      • blue

        “Time passes, people move… Like a river’s flow, it never ends… A childish
        mind will turn to noble ambition… Young love will become deep affection…
        The clear water’s surface reflects growth… Now listen to the Serenade of
        Water to reflect upon yourself….” -Shiek

        This is the ice cavern quote.

        • blue

          It’s also my favorite of shieks quotes.

        • MiniJen

          Sheik really does have some awesome quotes… Most of them could easily be used for like a poetic inspirational thought calendar or something :)

      • Lifeoflink

        Actually, Ordona down below got it correct. You were close. I also like the quote before the Serenade of Water.

    • The Unicorn Hanger-Outer

      Is it…right before the forest temple? Just guessing.

      • Cmaster

        You do all know that you can just go up to the walkthrough at the top and find out. :P

    • Anonymous

      When she is teaching you Bolero of Fire

  • Tradge

    I love this song so much. :P When they released the romance trailer before SS came out, I would just play it in the background just to listen.

  • LisaMissa

    I love this song!!!!!!

  • The Hylian Monolith

    I cam here expecting to say that I still hate this song…

    Okay, fine. I listened to it and got happy shivers.

    It also has an adventurous feel. I think I shows well the beginning of Skyward Sword . You can feel something brewing, but you’re also happy and young. It’s a beautiful melody.

    I need to play Skyward Sword now… curse you, misisng MotionPlus…

  • Ordona

    I absolutely adore this song. In truth, all the music at the start of Skyward Sword really painted a beautifully idyllic picture of life above the clouds, and it made me fall in love with the game right off. Romance in the Air really stood out though, I love the way it just kind of ebbs and flows yet still carries the early game excitement. I wouldn’t say I was quite a hopeless romantic, but it is one of those songs that just gets to me, I’m glad you chose it. It’ll be interesting to see next week’s choice though.

  • baileygirl99

    It makes me so happy and light when I hear this song…I always picture Link and Zelda having fun together…

  • Cmaster

    Out of all of the Link and Zelda “couples” I loved the skyward sword ones the best because Link starts his adventure because of Zelda. Not like the other games where he goes off to save the world because of his sister or because he was the chosen hero and it was his destiny, but he went to save his love so that they could be together. So romantic (Yes I’m a guy and I just said that)

  • MiniJen

    Their relationship in SS is just beautiful!! for once, you can really see that they deeply care about each other, even if you only see them as friends!! Just another one of the reasons why i love Skyward Sword!!! :D

    • IgosDuIkana

      I highly doubt this is the first time… No one seems to remember the dialogue Zelda makes in MM, and her role in OoT….

  • Zeldaman101

    Hey if all peeps got a special person out there go play song from your heart!… Nah just go buy the original zelda games,and play her Zelda’s lulauby.

  • sombody you don’t know

    love thissssssssssssssssss

  • PathwayStar

    I really like this song and I hope that they continue with the link and zelda thing

  • Midnafan

    I think there’s another purpose to developing Link and Zelda’s little romance. This song, like much of the songs in the early part of the game, are light-hearted and cheery. That tone virtually disappears from the game once Zelda falls below. Even after Link finds her (and Zelda reveals the whole situation) i’ts blatantly obvious that the simpler times are never coming back. Listening to the song kind of makes us think of how innocent Link and Zelda’s lives used to be. That’s why I felt like crap midway through the game. I kind of hated Hylia for ripping these two innocent kids (quite literally) out of their haven in the sky, and they’re never able to truly regain that innocence. Even though we can assume Link and Zelda get together in the end, its really sad that they’ll never quite have the simple times and happy relationship that went with this song.

    • Ordona

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought this. Skyward Sword was the only game where I actually felt sad tearing Link away from his home and away on an adventure.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mgale15 Meg Rose

        same here, and i started to hate impa

    • Wind waker Link

      I only felt it near the very end.

      • Midnafan

        really? i always kind of thought that was the point where those feelings were starting to resolve, and it was when Zelda seals herself that the shock of it all kind of settles in. At least for me.

  • linkmasta427

    me i love love just for the sake of love. heh in every video game i play i always look for a love intrest and do everything i can to make the love intrest blossom be it a side quest or the main story. legend of zelda is no different ever sence i first played OoT i was conflicted who i wanted link to like. there were 3 choices: saria, malon, ruto, or zelda. saria i always thought of as links sister, malon was a toughy she apealed to links love of the country (being a warior and all) plus she was the first person his age he met after leaveing the forest, also the fact of the dilaloge she has after he saves her and brings talon back, but still it wasnt enough for me. ruto eesh even though he sort of promised to marry her i never really ascepted that so that was another no. zelda damsel in distress i could name a few things about her but this is getting to long anyway so ill just say i picked her. in skyward sword well i gotta say that was my favorite zelda game ever (except for the giant fights. attacking the toes pffft) mainly because its the first zelda game to ADVERTISE the romance in the game. the only part i sort of didnt like was the romance sidequest with the storage girl. i couldnt very well tell her no cause im not like that i dont like makeing girls sad so i sort of just went with it. but the best part of every dungon was the look of happyness on zeldas face when she sees you thats what made the game worth it. sorry if i went on to much heh happy valintines day :P

    • Skyward Schlong

      I totally wanted to save Zelda.

  • The Unicorn Hanger-Outer

    2nd favourite song in skyward sword, next to ballad of the goddess. Thanks Jordan!

  • I WANT IT

    in skyward sword, i believe zelda is the villian and demise just misunderstood.
    the godess made irresistably powerful artifacts, but when demise tried to take em, she said “oh. his name isnt link or zelda. he has demon in his name. and hes a ginger.”
    and with that, she turned him into a whale with marshmallow toes and dropped a temple on his head.

    zelda, well, kind of pushes you off cliffs and makes you do anything she wants and-
    WHAT????? YOUR’E STILL IN LOVE WITH HER? MOVE ON, LINK.
    i think girahims available…….

    • Wind waker Link

      Demise hurt thousands of people. he marched his armies through Hyrule, killing as he went. Zelda is concerned about Link winning the contest and becoming a knight. she wants that for him, and she wants that moment on the statue of the Goddess.
      Like Toph says, “That’s how I show affection”

  • Wind waker Link

    Some Links and Zeldas don’t belong together, some do.
    The SS ones do most surely belong together.

  • Cmaster

    Is this on iTunes? Must. Buy. This. Song.

  • SkywardKing

    This music makes me want to save Zelda and also I hope all other Legend of Zelda games have this great love bond between Link and Zelda

  • Midna’s Sister

    This song makes me think of ballet or My little Pony, for some reason.