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September 4, 2013

Song of the Week: September 4, 2013



Song: "Harbor Speedway"
Artist: Stewart Copeland
From: Spyro: Year of the Dragon (2000)

Let's go back almost ten years to the year 2000 - the new millennium.

The Year of the Dragon.

Before we continue, let's grab our nostalgia caps and put them on.

Instead of a song from a particular artist, from a particular album, this week's song comes from a classic video game that, among a few other games, defined my childhood in relation to video games. As hinted (and as everyone can clearly see), the game in question is Spyro: Year of the Dragon.

As so since the first game in the series, the renowned American musician and ex-drummer of The Police, Stewart Copeland, composed and arranged the awesome music featured in what would have been the final game in a trilogy as intended by Insomniac Games. As appropriate to the Spyro the Dragon series' "speedway" levels of which players guide the titular purple dragon around an open speedway consisting of various obstacles and objects to destroy, and rings and arches to pass through, the theme of Harbor Speedway features a groovy with elements of electronic music and orchestra music. The final result of that mix is a song that, although distinct to the overall music of the Spyro the Dragon series, is quite energetic and fun to listen to, especially when actually playing through Harbor Speedway itself.

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