Previously on My Brain on crack. Part one: The outfit.
Part Two: The adventure!
What I was flying into.. all the rain and lightning!
Photo credit: Extreme Storms
I managed to get out to Melbourne airport for my flight and on a plane all on time without any problems (despite stupidly checking in online instead of using my phone). The flight was fine and I happily read some Terry Pratchett but by 2pm, the time we were meant to be landing, there was a major electrical storm happening around Sydney that was preventing the airport from allowing planes to land or take off. The pilot told us there would be a delay. Luckily the plane was allowed to land after 30 minutes of circling the sky. The pilot told us other planes were being detoured to other airports and I did a good bitch session with some old ladies about it. There was even an hour delay on bags being released because the whole airport was shutting down until the storm passed. THANK GOD I ONLY HAD CARRY ON.
Hugs and food were had until 5pm but after that we were running late after deciding to get Jamie aka The Man a pimpin' suit to wear. He went with a black waistcoat, white shirt and Link green tie. He looked rather smashing once he added his custom Converse Link shoes I made for him and his Tri force belt.
We rushed out of the hotel to try and find a taxi while the rain kept threatening to bucket down. Clearly my bright green dress stood out in the weather and we grabbed a taxi quickly. We headed to the Opera House and I was thankful there were two guys dressed as Link were walking to the opera house too to make me less worried about being dressed up.
We walked up the stairs quickly and tried to find the door we were suppose to get to. The lines were huge at this point as the chimes were ringing for people to start heading to their seats.
And I was worried she was the only one dressed up.. haha
Getting to our seats we saw our friends H-girl and Shig-man (nicknames? Sup). H was dressed as Saria! I got all giddy and wanted to hug and take photos but the lights were already dimming so we took our seats.
The urge to wave at the musicians was pretty high.
As you can see we had amazingly beautiful box seats overlooking the whole orchestra. From there we could see the large screen clearly with its Hyrule symbol welcoming us to the show. The conductor was absolutely magical. She had such power the way she moved her hands and watched over the orchestra. By the end of the show I just watched her sway, point and direct. At one point she gestured with one hand in a dramatic way and turned her music page. I don't know if she even realized she had did it.
The music in the symphony went from game to game with the big screen showing the occasional gameplay and cut scene from the games. A bit spoilerific but it makes you appreciate the music and makes you want to play the game again. There was dramatic and beautiful music from Ocarina of Time, Link to the past, Wind Waker and Majora's mask. The OoT : Hyrule field was my favourite (I swear I kept adding Cucco calls in as the morning appeared) I never finished OoT but it was my first Zelda game so I really got into the music as it took me back to when I was 15 years old when the game came out and I had just got a Nintendo 64 for Christmas.
If you're interested in the complete list of what was played at the Zelda Symphony then I have to direct you over to iZelda with their program scans. I should of grabbed a program. People were leaving them everywhere.
Intermission was a good time to mingle with the crowds and see who was around. Both H and I got asked to have our photos taken with people. I hate not knowing how to pose or what to do when getting my photo taken. I hate smiling for photos. I always look dorky. Anyway, sadly I didn't spot many other people dressed up in Zelda characters. There were the occasional Link hat, Zelda tee or Tri Force spotted but that was it. Where was the heart? Speaking of which I didn't end up making any heart containers as planned because of my busted sewing machine. Might fix my machine and sew them up anyway.
I took this time to head over to the merchandise stand and see what was on offer. They had the 25th Anniversary Zelda Symphony t-shirt, with tri force on the sleeve, for $25 or a poster for $15. I proudly went with the double deal of both for $35 and handed them over to Mister J as a mini present. Once again, the lines were quite long and I'm glad I snuck in quickly. We grabbed drinks quickly, skulled them and had to go back to our seats. Intermission wasn't long at all! Geez.. glad I didn't have to pee.
Last photo of the night. Linkette and Saria! Yes.. my hair looks awful but that always happens in the rain. Ignore my 'please hurry up I hate cameras' face.
By the end, after 3 encore extras and clapping until my hands hurt, the symphony ended. I think it was truly amazing and I'm dying to finish my Link to the Past marathon and get onto Wind Waker and Majora's mask! All in all a great night and well worth flying out to see and listen to. I can't wait to get some tickets for other themed symphony nights. I'm coming for you Video game symphony!