I recently downloaded an app simply titled NesMusic. It allows you to download any NES theme song and listen to them through the app. If you have ninety-nine cents to spend, you can unlock the entire SNES music library as well.†
I threw down the almost buck to get the SNES songs, and I immediately started getting all the games I had growing up. Donkey Kong Country, Super Castlevania IV, Mega Man X, Turtles In Time...and so on. I knew I was going to like what I heard, but I wasn't prepared for what it would do to me.
I hit the shuffle button and Storm Eagle's theme from Mega Man X started playing. I was instantly transported back to my room as a boy growing up in Tennessee. I could feel the cool night breeze coming through the open window into the dark room, lit only by the screen of the television. I felt a surge of excitement through my body that a kid gets when he's up too late, getting closer and closer to beating a game for the first time. It was a beautiful feeling.
As the playlist continued on, other themes brought me back to my old room. Bloody Tears, Corneria, Star Base, Zombie Panic, and Gang-Plank Galleon came through my iPhone, but I was sitting in front of an old Zenith TV. Many feelings came over me. Excitement, pain, frustration, confusion, and most of all...happiness. Sometimes my brothers were sitting with me, helping me with the tough levels. Other times my friends were there with their own controllers, trying to get to the finish line before me.†
All the music brought me back to my childhood, the beginning stages of who I would eventually become. They may have just been video games, but they helped me deal with a lot of different things that life threw my way...big and small. I'm so glad I found this app to remind me of who I was, who I am, and how I got here.†
Sometimes we need to go to our past to help us get to the future...and having a 16-bit soundtrack to my past is pretty damn cool, if you ask me.