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Still shell-shocked from Final Fantasy 8 OST

July 26, 2012

A song that I always make sure is on my iPhone is “Liberi Fatali”, from the Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack (FF8 OST). The song is a Latin choral piece composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

“Liberi Fatali” roughly translates as “Fated Children.” The theme is echoed through the story of the video game. Personally, I did not play the game until the release of the PlayStation 2, but I played through the opening 20 times to hear the opening song.

The song has personal relevance not related to video games. Back in 2000, a roommate of mine was running a Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) game and incorporated music into his tabletop gameplay. Whenever “Liberi Fatali” played it meant something bad was about to happen.

The group of people we played with had different work hours and weren’t available at the same time. So the game was run in multiple tiers and players played at all hours of the night. There were many occasions where I was woken up in the middle of the night to “Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec” blaring from downstairs. I would have to run down stairs and start rolling dice in a sleepy blur in an attempt to keep my friend’s D&D characters from dying.

To this day, I still have a Pavlovian reaction to the song if I didn’t actually play it myself. Several years after I had retired my dice and stopped playing D&D, my sister was playing the game on the PlayStation Portable (PSP) with the music turned up. I instinctively ran into the room before I realized what I was doing.

I was shell-shocked. My sister was startled and threw my PSP at me because I scarred her. I may have PTSD.

“Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec” are all made up words and have no English translation, though if you cared to know, “Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec” is an anagram for “Succession of Witches” with the word “Love” left over. I didn’t learn this until several years later when I finally looked up the lyrics. My understanding of Latin is about the same as a canine’s understanding of algebra. I originally thought the song started out like:

Feeeeed us


Feeeeed us


I still play it occasionally at work just because of the emotions it invokes. It always gets me pumped and ready for action. I also like to play it because it is a choral piece that many musicians and conductors I work with haven’t heard it. They must have been practicing while I put 80+ hours of gameplay into this game alone.

It gives me an excuse to talk about my love for video games and how they are sometimes genuine works of art, despite what Roger Ebert says. To be fair, he has apologized since his original post.  It might have had something to do with the 4500+ comments on his blog.


In the fall of 1999, Final Fantasy VIII was released for the original Playstation. It was developed and published by Square (now Square Enix). The music was scored by Nobuo Uematsu. Thirteen weeks after its release, Final Fantasy VIII earned more than $50 million, making it the fastest-selling Final Fantasy title of all time until Final Fantasy XIII, a multi-platform release. The game shipped 8.15 million copies worldwide as of 2003.

The Playstation2 was released in 2000. The last original Playstation game was published in the fall of 2004.

“Liberi Fatali” has been performed worldwide. It was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Twilite Orchestra in Jakarta, Indonesa and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy is a concert tour featuring music from the Final Fantasy has performed “Liberi Fatali” several times in the past. Its next performance is December 7, 2012 and features The Chicagoland Pops Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by GRAMMY Award winner Arnie Roth. Please see their website for details.

Keywords: Final Fantasy VIII, OST, FF8, Video, Game, music, soundtrack, Nobuo, Uematsu


Madison Scouts not affected by the Boy Scouts of America’s decision

July 19, 2012


The 2012 Drum Corps International Tour will make its way through Denton, Texas on Thursday, July 19 for DCI North Dallas presented by Red River Thunder. A huge lineup of top DCI corps, including the 2011 World Champion Cadets and 14-time World Champion Blue Devils, will compete at the CH Collins Athletic Complex.

The Madison Scouts (a personal favorite) will not be performing in Denton this year, but the recent policy change from the Boy Scouts of America to exclude ‘open or avowed’ gays seemed topical.  For those of you unaware, The Madison Scouts, founded in 1938, is one of the oldest drum corps in the history of the activity. The Madison Scouts is one of only two remaining all-male corps, with the other being the Cavaliers.
After a little research, I found out that The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps ended its seventy-three year association with the Boy Scouts of America in 2011. ( reports:The Boy Scouts of America announced Tuesday (July 17) it has affirmed its policy of “not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals.”

The organization’s leaders reached that decision after a nearly two-year evaluation and will take no further action on a resolution that has sought a change in policy, it said in a news release.

So, sadly/thankfully (not sure which is more appropriate here) there is nothing to report. But my remaining question is: How much did the Boy Scouts’ decision of exclusion influence the split by the Madison Scouts?
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