Hey everyone !
Sorry for the lack of updates ; it's been a pretty busy past couple of weeks for me.
Since the release of Sonic Forces, I've been meaning to upload this song for a while now, but I felt like I needed to take my time with it. This is, after all, a very special song.
Sonic Forces has made me reflect on the franchise and the impact it's had in my life. As many of you know, I'm a Sonic nerd. I grew up with the franchise, playing the games, watching the shows and, most importantly, listening to the game soundtracks... The good, the bad, the funny, I love all of it.
There are two sides to this franchise, both of which have had an impact on me : the people behind the franchise and the community itself.
On the one side, you have the creators, the animators, the developers, the music team, the PR people, from Sonic Team to Crush 40, from Aaron Webber to Jason Griffith. A lot of hard work goes into every game and every show, and despite the outcome, good or bad, I've only ever had mad respect for the people who dedicated their time and energy for the blue blur. It's those efforts that impressed me as a kid, that made me want to run as fast as I can, filling me with this sense of wonder. It's this sentiment that I've long cherished during my childhood days. And the music ? Well, Sonic music shaped me, developping my passion in both singing, songwriting and composition : y'all know that I'm a huge Crush 40 fan, and Johnny Gioeli's powerful vocals have influenced the way I'd sing my songs. I'm sure there are others out there who feel the same for other Sonic composers that have inspired them to become the musicians they are today, but for me, it's always been the combined effort of both Jun Senoue and Johnny Gioeli. Needless to say, their music have made me appreciate the franchise countless times.
And then there's the other part of this franchise : the community. Man, what can I say other than the fact that some of the best people in the world are in this community ? Sure, the fanbase is known to have an ugly side, but there are some who are like pure, beautiful gems. I think of the people I worked with on the Sonic Misadventures team, I think of the talented musicians who have equally been inspired by Sonic composers to make music, I think of the Sonic tubers and theorists, the aspiring artists and writers... Some of them have become as close to me as family. And the connecting point has always ever been about one hedgehog who decided to change the world.
So to all of you, from both sides, this song is my ode to you. For as long as I can remember, this franchise has made me dream and reach for the stars (no pun intended). I really can't thank you enough for this.
To Takashi Iizuka and Sonic Team, thank you for creating an adventure for my younger self to enjoy and dream about.
To Johnny Gioeli and Jun Senoue, thank you for inspiring me throughout these to give my best and remain passionate about music. I'll keep on giving 200%, no matter what !
To Zach Frazier, Chris, Valri, Nicole, SonicPox... We've gone through a lot together and I see you guys as some of the best (and talented!) friends I have on the net. You've given me so much love and support for the things I do, and I can't ever thank you enough for that.
To Sasso studios, Sega Scourge, Joe, Blue Spindash, TheBlueBlurSFM, Darkspeeds, Loor, Matthew Mannheimer, you all have made me appreciate the franchise and the community through the things you do, whether they were action-packed stories, thought-provoking theories and segments, wondrous artworks, or just funny randomness. Thank you.
To Joshua Taipale, General Offensive, Zach Frazier (including you here to, mate), Tudd, Noah, KyleAB5000 and Charles Ritz, I've known some of you since Sonic Misadventures, while others I've either seen before or after the time I had joined that team. You all have moved me with your incredible music skills and I know for a fact that your future is bright. Whether it's because of this franchise or not, always keep rockin', guys.;D
To Protozet, Tikal, Nishikku and Platin... My time in Germany with you guys has been the highlight for me this year. To physically feel part of the German Sonic community is something I've never felt before, and it's because of you guys that I now know that I'll never stop being a Sonic fan.:D Thank you for taking care of me and for giving me a wonderful time.
And to everyone else... Thank you all for your support and for being part of this adventure.
When the going gets tough... always remember to RUN.
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