Video game music holds a special place in my heart. I have faced many occasions in my life where things were less than optimal, to say the least. Music has always had the ability to bring me back to a good place. I have vivid memories of having a rough day at work, strapping on my running shoes and going running through a trail during the evening. Picture if you can fireflies dancing around the night sky, flowers rustling against the wind, and deer running across my path. Yes, I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of years in a city that had such a trail. However, all of those various landscapes could not have brought me inner peace without some help. That help came in the form of music. In this case, I could only play Peace of Akatosh during my trail run.
If you take a second to listen to these songs, I do not need to explain how music can center someone’s mind. So without further ado, here are three songs that I have found extremely peaceful to listen to:
Peace of Akataosh- Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion
Kings Bounty- Valley of a Thousand Rivers
I chose Valley of a Thousand Rivers for two main reasons: first, the song’s melody is wonderful. Similar to Peace of Akatosh, I can always place myself in a green forest with flowing streams running through the ground. Second, I have a personal reason vested with Valley of a Thousand Rivers. After showing up to a job interview, I realized I was a half an hour early. My heart was racing a thousand miles an hour. I sat in my car and tried anything to calm down. Fortunately for me, I had Valley of a Thousand Rivers on Spotify. The song ran on my car audio over and over again until the interview, and I found myself calm and collected. I ended up landing the job, and I can thank this song for getting me mentally calm.
Final Fantasy XII- Sorrow (Imperial Version)