The Milk Bar is an essential stop in any hero’s journey, providing a place for a young and courageous adventurer to rest, relax, and forget about the worries of the day with an ice cold glass of delicious milk. But how can a weary traveler relax without a smooth, jazzy tune to drink milk to? Fortunately, the Milk Bar in Majora’s Mask provides the perfect song, and the talented musicians of the 72HoursRemaining project are able to create an even catchier version of it. With only two guitars, these guys are able to play a fantastic rendition of a song that can melt worries away.
As a jazzy song with a bit of a Latin American feel, there is quite a bit of room for improvisation. On the downside, room for improvisation means room for blandness that can create a static performance. Fortunately, these two performers nailed it, adding riffs and melodious extras that really make the song come alive. Another aspect that makes this performance unique is the use of a steel-stringed acoustic guitar alongside a nylon-stringed guitar. With that combination, the melody is played with all its steely sharpness for accuracy and rhythmic beauty, and the nylon-strings play a soothing accompaniment with great harmonies and counter-rhythms that really help the groove of the song.
Not only does this cover impress me musically, but it also evokes all of my happy memories from playing Majora’s Mask. After listening to this song a few times, I want to sit back and play through Majora’s Mask one more time with a nice, tall glass of cold milk.