Featuring Super Mario 3 and Tammi Terrel.
Greetings fellow game music lovers,
so is there still anything I can write about Koji Kondo's musical tastes that hasn't been written to death? Like his knack for jazz, fusion and south american dances? Or that his second hobby is drawing? Or that he was in a Deep Purple cover band once? Thus I will stop trying and go directly to the main dish. Of course, since Kondo is one of games most observed composers, there is always the chance other people spotted this first, so I will apologize to these people in advance.
For today, I would like you to listen to the theme "Grass Land", the overworld music from the first world of Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES (1988):
As a comparison, I present you the classic soul song "Two Can Have a Party" by Tammi Terell in 1965:
Poor girl didn't even get to live till the golden age of video games...
Phil grieving. Out.
It might be possible that the song is based on musical structures that can be traced back at least to the 1940s. See below for the song "Ole Buttermilk Sky" by Hoagy Carmichael from 1946: