Rebecca Mayes Muses: Halo Reach

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Good tune

honestly, I listened to it the first time and wasn't sure that i enjoyed it, but after listening to it again i started thinking about it a on a slightly deeper level and it started hitting me in different ways, this ones gonna take a few more listens for me to fully interpret it lol

*edited to correct a redundancy*

I like this song. I've listened to it several times over the course of time it has been out. It's just so...calming.

Kinda reminds me of old Evanescence.

i belive what she is trying to get across is its not the game companys that make the how it is it is the players them self that make the game addicting (this is not inculding any one who is under the age of 17 playing halo) in a sesen "you are the halo" is that well for lack of better words we are halo with out the gamers it dosent exsite

Hmm. What, if anything, is the difference between a sansula and an mbira?

Anyway, a very arresting song. Thanks, Ms. Mayes.

I don't normally enjoy sentimental works, nor do I usually talk to people on forums. However, this presentation moved me more profoundly than I could have anticipated when I clicked the link on a whim. Inspired, I believe, sums up the quality of this video, for it inspired me and that cannot be said of most of the content, however entertaining, that populates this site.

You, Ms. Mayes, are the Halo.

Impressive piece of music. Your singing is amazing as always but musically it's one of Your best tunes on Escapist. Also thumbs up for double bass ( even though MIDI :( ).
Cheers !

Good job in encapsulating the Noble team Rebecca. For those of you who don't understand what it has to do with Reach, well I'm very sorry you don't get it.

Not every song about a game has to say something about the world or the gameplay. Sometimes it can express an emotion that the person playing felt as a result of the actions of the protagonists of said game.

Also, Halo doesn't necessarily have to mean the machine in the game, it can mean 'Halo' as the object that everyone is pursuing, as in 'the goal' or the 'object of struggle' which happens on a personal level as well as on a cultural/galactic level in the game.

The Noble team is the pinnacle of human technology, and while individual, they are the peak of the fighting force at Reach. They are who they are, without reservation, and are not afraid to be who they have to be at any cost...which is not something that can be said of us as humans mostly. The song can be seen as a comparison between what our best could be, and why we're not achieving it, unlike those brave heroes of Reach who were all they could be...who had to be all they could be especially in the face of destruction.

By far the best she's done yet, fantastic both lyrically and musically.

Wonderful! Yes, it is a bit of a reach (no pun...well, maybe a little pun intended) to connect these lines to the gameplay. However, the idea what you have taken away from the game, the idea that fighting and shooting games often rely on darkness, melancholy, and violence to drive their story, contrasts perfectly with your realization (as in poetic realization) that people often use these themes to hide from their own positive energy (i.e. light, logos, or whatever other meaning laden symbol you would like) and the fear that accompanies that realization: the realization that they could do more but are not.

It seems very obvious to me what's going on here.

First of all: Love it. Combining history, tune and this game is, considering the Escapists flair, quite a feat. Now, moving on to my interpretation.

The beginning gives it away easily: It is about the Spartans, and their feelings. These fictional soldiers of awesome are human, and they have feelings. How does a person feel that is told that he and 200 others are the best of the best of the best of humanity? They are sent out against terrible odds, and expected to win regardless. They get thrown against waves and waves of enemies, as shields of humanity, as heroes of their days - unsung heroes, reduced to tools of war.

They get morally lost, deprived of the simplicity of life. Spartans had no childhood worth mentioning. No lovers, no friens - their life is war and training. Now, why them? Who are they to be augmented to these levels, and why are ODSTs or other soldiers not? It is the age-old question; why me? We are all meant to shine - as children do. Spartans have no childhood. They were trained rock solid at young age, taken away from family and social surroundings. Their "mother" was a scientist, and their "playground" was a boot camp.

Yet, all these abandoned things aside, they are the essence of warfare, supersoldiers, meant to surpass all military expectations. Someone has to safe the world - wouldn't that task shatter your mind? I would be frightened by the power to do so. Aren't we just mere mortals? How can a single being have so much impact? Perseverance, of unbelievable levels. But they need this mentality. The Spartans need to see themselves as heroes, they need to believe in their power, as mind warping as it might be. If a Spartan loses that trust in himself, he is shrinking, and that helps no one. In fact, a single Spartan breaking under the psychological pressure is a loss of decades, millions and potentially fatal for humanity.

The speech fits spot-on.

I am thankful for this work.

And just when I thought "The Monster" wasn't going to be topped as my favorite song by the lovely Rebecca Mayes, she goes and proves me wrong. You and this song is, as the song mentioned, powerful and beyond excellent. Indeed so good I almost fear it, I will still be drawn to it like a human moth to a single flame made out of car crashes...

...I'm sure there's a few compliments in there somewhere.

I'm -really- hoping this is meant to be stupid, don't want to troll

I dig'd this song on a lot of levels.
The percussion added a lot.
And the background melody was particularly good. Haunting. Good tone.
The subject matter was good too. I know it's been said, but these songs are always better when they don't relate as directly to video games.

Pallindromemordnillap:
Yet another ballad with a repetitive chorus...sigh...Whatever happened to wanting to try new things?

This. Not only was this a yawn-o-rama, I felt it came off as very pretentious :/

The song Ive liked the most so far!

still, im no music expert so I wouldn't know what is it but although the songs sound different they feel pretty much alike, i didn't felt that way with the Heavy Rain one so it might have something to do with anything you changed in that one in specific.

you got A+++ talent there!

Well that was an amazing song that had nothing to do with the game at all. I used to listen to your songs because they were like a vocal game review, now I do not bother.

I clicked on this in hopes that you had played the game and would sing about it but after listening to this song I think that you have started just writing about the box art.

What happened to the plants versus zombies and Ghostbusters song days? Those kinds of songs are what made me listen to you. If I want to listen to someone make some form of veiled political statement I will go turn on PBS.

I do not think I will bother with your songs in the future, and that makes me sad.

Seems like not many people read the credits.

This song made me strangely emotional. Good work!

Please make songs without a chorus.

wow this song is amazing!
is there any way that i could get this so i can put it on my ipod? plz help

an exquisite example of your musical prowess....but what did it have to do with halo reach?

I'm not going to TRY and flame/troll here so much as offer constructive criticism.

Like most of you, I was in love with Mayes when she did Sims 3, but shortly after I found myself asking "when's the next cool song?" as the songs started to all sound the same.

It wasn't long before I realized that all her songs were the same thing. A slow strumming on a few instruments in the same rhythmic tune with a single concept plucked from the entire game to be sung about.

When Mayes did her "how to write a song in an hour" thing I almost facepalmed as it made me feel that's the amount of time she spent on making these BEFORE she did that video.

So if Rebecca Mayes herself is reading this, please mix it up a little honey. There are hundreds of thousands of different musical genre's out there and so far you've covered like 3... Sims 3 was a musical extravaganza, Overlord was somewhat rocking and fun, and the rest have been bland strums of a guitar like the douchebag at college does when seducing a gal or how hippies sing about "taking care of ourselves" when obviously not bathing for months on end.

You're better than that Mayes, you've proven that before. Please, PLEASE, do that again?

I must say, this song was very well written. I feel that she touches heavily on the topic of fate, using a questioning tone to wonder why that noble six was chosen to be so powerful. In the second verse she goes on to talk about, in my opinion, that simply trying to be someone else will get you no where. Everyone is meant to simply be able to be themselves.

This was a nice return to form.

When I heard the lyrics, I knew they seemed familiar -- I just watched Invicitus two days ago. I haven't played Halo Reach, but it doesn't surprised me that some spartan soldiers, one called Master Chief, inspires you to write the song about leadership. You should see Invicticus, if you haven't already. It's a good movie in its own right.

WOW! Just the song I needed for Today. O.K. now off to change the World.

It's a fanciful thought, but I don't think it's very realistic. The chance of you excelling at anything isn't too great to be honest. And if everyone shared the same ambition, then no one would be special and stand out, which sort of defeats the point of the determination.

Nice song tough.

FallenProject:
if everyone shared the same ambition, then no one would be special and stand out

It's more like ambition and determination is what makes people stand out.

Frankly I'm more surprised that a hardcore hippie chick actually missed the opportunity to express some broad, oversimplified anti-war sentiments...

Not much of a Halo fan but that didnt stop me from enjoying this none the less :)

Thank you

Dearest Rebecca,

I must inform you that I am not the Halo as I have it on good authority that Michael Cera is the Halo.

Good day,

- Hamst3r

Sounds good but I couldn't really identify with the lyrics. I don't know how they fit with the song and why would I ever wonder why I'm awesome?
I'm awesome because I say so

Wonderful! Full of emotion and meaning.

Prof. Monkeypox:
Help me out here, I haven't played the game, but what does this have to do with Halo?

ghii3:

No offense, but this seems to be similar to a lot of your songs - video games and a very, very, very vague theme of the game.

Haven't read all the posts but this seems to be an opinion that several people share.

Not to get too philosophical, but music and songs inspired by other mediums, i.e. games, movies, don't necessarily have to be about what inspired that song. How many times have you heard a song from a movie soundtrack and wondered how it related to the movie at all. Songwriting is very subjective and certain things that inspire one person to feel one way will inspire someone else to feel the exact opposite. If something inspires a feeling or an emotion, why can't a song be about that emotion or feeling?

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