Xenogears – “Chu Chu’s Flight” (Jared Hudson)March 14, 2010
This is one of my favorite mixes from Xenogears (1998). Yasunori Mitsuda’s original piece has a great sense of hope and happiness, and Jared Hudson’s version is an inspiring rendition. The piece starts out with a kabuki-esque theme which moves into a dynamic, driving drum beat. Heavy brass and strings capture the sense of flight and the determined spirit to move forward. The climax is a choral piece that might sound a bit much, but I feel is easy to drive listeners to temporarily ascend to the heavens and hope. I love this piece because it is so full of hope and reassuring happiness – everything is going to be alright. Anyway, the original track is called “Flight” and Chu Chu is this pink rabbit thing that says ‘chu’ a lot, which is how it got its name. “Flight” is only played in a few places in the game, usually after a victory or when friends have been reunited. As such, the track’s hope gains added impact – sparing use of a good tune can make it more impressive. This piece was originally on OCReMix.