For many people, Aerith is the most beloved part of their favorite game. Beautiful, mysterious, kind, and a little playful, she is definitely one of FFVII's most memorable characters. Yet FFVII isn't the only part of her story--she also plays an important role in Crisis Core. I've always been partial to the sort of late 1990s/early 2000s alternative rock that colors Crisis Core's guitar-heavy soundtrack. With this track, I wanted to capture some of the power of Crisis Core's The Price of Freedom, referencing Aerith's relationship to Zack. There's even a bass riff at the beginning blatantly borrowed from that song. The lyrics themselves are a call-and-answer between Aerith and Zack (in the first verse) and Aerith and Cloud (in the second verse). I've never arranged a piece that is such a departure from the original. And I've never mixed a rock song before, though I lead a rock band. This was a great adventure for me and I was fortunate enough to be joined by some very, very talented collaborators. Except for Juja, I'd never worked with any of them before--but they blew me away with their contributions!