Commentary: Secret – Sea of Illusion


In 2013, I was convinced by a friend to watch the anime Fruits Basket, because it was one of her all-time favorite anime. I must admit—and I apologize to the Fruits Basket fans—that I did not find it to be a particularly stellar anime, however, it was good enough that I was able to finish watching all of the episodes, and I can say that it has an interesting, memorable premise. Overall, I would give it a solid 3 out of 5 stars.

Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the anime, I did discover one particular song that captivated me. The track titled Secret plays during mysterious events, and the same melody occurs in the tracks Sea of Illusion and Sunlight Sifting Through the Trees. This melody, in my opinion, is simply beautiful. Yes, it is strange, but it has a powerful quality in its notes.

I was able to find another person’s piano arrangement of Secret on the Internet, which helped me to form the basis on my own arrangement; however, that sheet music did not incorporate elements from Sea of Illusion, which is ultimately my preferred version of the song. So, I expanded my arrangement to make it truer to Sea of Illusion. Someday, I would like to further expand my arrangement by including elements from Sunlight Sifting Through the Trees, but that is a project for another time.

Feel free to view the playback video:×0

As of today’s date (03-24-2017), the video has accumulated over 5,000 views since its original posting in 2014. That’s quite impressive, considering that I have done virtually no self-promotion since then!


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