Things You Might Like to Add to Your Playlist: Okami Edition

I bought it on Steam and installed it on my computer. I played it through once. I feel in love with it. I played it again. I loved it even more. I found a used copy of the original PS2 version (well, the original English version, anyway) for sale and am currently on my first play through on the PS2. Needless to say, I am hooked on Okami. And why wouldn’t I be? I mean, doesn’t everyone wish to become a wolf goddess with a magical paint brush and go around healing withered trees and slaying demons sometimes?

I know next to nothing about traditional Japanese music – or any Japanese music, for that matter – and have never listened to anything in that genre, so Okami was a great introduction for me. Without further ado, here are some of my favorites from the soundtrack.

Of course I have to include the battle music in this list. It’s just too epic to gloss over. How can you not love those drums? The theme at 1:48 is my favorite part of the piece, even though I know when I hear it I’m going to get a bad score for taking too long to finish the fight. As I’ve gotten better at the game, I rarely hear this part anymore, so I have to come back and listen to it all the way through every now and then.

This one I always find encouraging, and listening when I am doing some sort of chore makes the work go faster. (If you have a dog who’s not fond of fireworks, just know that there are firework sounds in this one.)

IDK what to say, I just… *dances*

I always take my time scrolling through the dialogue when Waka appears because I don’t want this song to stop playing. I love the flute. Sweet and beautiful and uplifting.

The official theme song of Something’s About to Go Down.

Kusa Village: because sometimes I just enjoy listening to things that make me slightly uneasy. “Shifty” and “subtle” are the words that come to mind for me. 2:52 always takes me by surprise. Why is it so upbeat all of a sudden? But still with that undertone of something not right.

This one just makes me smile. I may have spent way too much time hanging around making Ammy bark in time to the music.

It’s so… *claps hand to heart*

Perfectly captures the feel of knowing the way forward will be difficult but being strong in one’s resolve to keep going no matter what the odds.

It’s so happy and sweet. *sniff*

This song makes me feel like I’m doing something important when doing even the most mundane of tasks. Especially when those drums come in. It has such a hopeful feel to it.

Ope I’m dancing again

Really I’m just including this because that first “yoooooo” scares the HECK out of me. Hhhhooooo my gosh.

Ah… it’s just so epic. I feel like I could accomplish just about anything while listening to this. This is my favorite background music of all the places in the game.

Full of mystery. Perfectly captures the stark beauty of the northern lands.

The official theme song of You Got This.

A perfect little theme that’s honestly not as “sorrowful” to me as the title would suggest. Feels more like a “I’ll see you again some day” goodbye.

Welp. Earlier I was dancing, but now I’m crying. Thanks for that. That emotional swell at 2:58 tho

The official them song of I’m baaaaaaack babyyyyyy!

Yeaaaaah! Go! Go! Go! You got this!

Alright. That’s enough of my rambling for one day. I hope that you, too, found something in here that you enjoy. 🙂

I get by with a little help from my friend

The time in my life when Breagha’s path crossed mine was not what I would consider a high point in my life. If I’m being honest, I was becoming something of a misanthrope, cynical, and pessimistic. These are just natural tendencies for me I think, and all of these are still areas where I have to check myself before I wreck myself at times. But I have to credit this weird little derp for honestly changing my life.

From day one Breagha has pulled out all this love I did not know was inside of me, forced me to feel and to be vulnerable, and pulled me out of myself. Watching her approach everything in life with the utmost enthusiasm and reveling in the smallest of things makes me smile every single day. Through her I have been able to see all of the positive things in life I could not (or stubbornly refused to) see before. Life is a lot more fun when you get to see the world through the eyes of a creature who is positively overjoyed at things such as finding a stick or something disgusting to roll in. You realize how much joy there is in life – right there in front of you, yours for the taking – that you’re missing out on when you share your life with someone who seizes every opportunity to be happy about things and doesn’t care a bit whether someone is watching or what people will think. I was totally unprepared for this change, but it’s been a wonderful surprise and one I continue to marvel at every day.

I don’t recommend getting a pet specifically to “fix” the problems in one’s life. And indeed Breagha’s gift to me I think has been more one of self-awareness than turning me into a different person. Also, in the case of actual mental illnesses, I think they can be helped by animals, but a pet is never a substitute for professional help. But for me, whose past self was not so much depressed as simply a budding pessimist, it has made all the difference.

Most people don’t really get why I am so enamored of a mere dog and why I prioritize her in nearly every aspect of my life. I don’t really understand it myself. It’s one of those wonderful things in life that doesn’t have to have a reason. It just is.

I’m not sure what brought about this reflection. Probably the new year coming up. Anyway, just some thoughts I’ve had recently about a certain Border Collie who came into my life and turned things upside down.

Every breath you take

One of the things you get used to when you have a herdy type of dog (especially a Border Collie) is the staring. They stare. And they stare intensely. Your own personal stalker.

One of those things that might be rated “annoying” for some but definitely falls under “endearing” for me.

I love every last weird thing about her.

How much they mean to us

Recently I heard about a website called safeplaceforpets.org , I think it popped up in my Facebook feed or something. They are an organization that helps people trying to escape from domestic violence who also have pets. One quote from their website struck me: “Unfortunately, many shelters do not have the means to house companion animals and many victims are left facing the difficult decision to either leave their pets behind or remain in the abusive environment. Sadly, nearly 50% of victims have delayed leaving abusive relationships out of fear of harm to their animals.” 50 percent. 50 percent have delayed leaving an abusive situation because they didn’t want to leave their pets behind.

Another article that I have read recently discusses homeless people staying homeless because they could not find a place to stay that would allow them to keep their pets.

https://theconversation.com/my-dog-is-my-home-the-need-for-pet-friendly-accommodation-for-homeless-people-140975?fbclid=IwAR1jAXYeBrYryFERBOvLy8ARnq7sRKniQ76RrWPeZ6TanYrHhLQrO8ajW5M

I have long felt that non-pet-owners simply do not understand how much pets mean to the people who love them. It speaks volumes that some would rather remain in an abusive relationship or remain homeless than give up their pets, and IMO it sucks that they have to choose between safety and keeping their pets. Yes, legally, they are property. But to many people, pets are family. And for some people they are the only family they have. The “it’s just an animal” crowd truly have no idea.

Family can also be animals!

It brings to mind as well the outrageous pet fees that are sometimes charged by apartments and hotels which can make it very difficult for non-home-owners with pets to find places to live. One should not be punished for having a pet any more than they should be punished for having a child or a spouse.

Even if someone doesn’t understand this, they should to take into account that many people do in fact make major decisions based on whether they can keep their pets, and be accommodating. I am sad that it is so hard for people in bad situations to keep their pets, but I am glad to see that people are thinking about this and there are organizations to help people stay with their pets.

She’s got a way

“She’s got a way about her

I don’t know what it is

But I know that I can’t live without her.

She’s got a way of pleasin’

I don’t know what it is

But there doesn’t have to be a reason

Anyway

She’s got a smile that heals me

I don’t know why it is

But I have to laugh when she reveals me

She’s got a way of talkin’

I don’t know why it is

But it lifts me up when we are walkin’

Anywhere

She comes to me when I’m feelin’ down
Inspires me without a sound
She touches me and I get turned around

She’s got a way of showin’
How I make her feel
And I find the strength to keep on goin’

She’s got a light around her
And everywhere she goes
A million dreams of love surround her
Everywhere

She comes to me when I’m feelin’ down
Inspires me without a sound
She touches me and I get turned around

She’s got a smile that heals me
I don’t know why it is
But I have to laugh when she reveals me

She’s got a way about her

I don’t know what it is
But I know that I can’t live without her
Anyway”

Oh to be a dog

Imagine if instead of all of the things you wish to achieve and all the things you wish to be, your hopes, your dreams, your aspirations, you had only one goal in life:

to be wet.

Yeah that’s Brèagha. That’s her entire mission in life: just to be wet whenever possible. That’s it. That’s the entirety of it.

Oh to be a dog. Life is so much simpler.

Songs for Brèagha

Prepare yourself for some serious sappiness. I’ve made a playlist of songs for Brèagha.

Some that I think fit her personality, and some that made me think of us together. Starting off with “Believe it or Not” of course, because believe it or not, it’s just Bree!

What songs would you choose for your dog?