One of the new features added in the 6.1 patch were music scrolls we can collect and learn so we can change the music that plays in our garrison. I always have my sound, thus music, on in the game so I had heard the music in the garrison probably more than I heard any music in the game being we spend the vast majority of our time in this expansion in our garrison. So of course I was going to take advantage of being able to change it.
Don't get me wrong, I did not mind the garrison music. If I were asked if I liked it I would say I never even noticed it. In truth I think that is very good design. Sort of like music in the background in a movie. If it is overbearing it can actually take away from the enjoyment of the movie, sort of the same if it is absent, it could make it feel as something is missing even if you can not place what it is. But music that plays in the background and you do not even notice it, if chosen correctly, it makes you feel comfortable to the point you do not even realize it is there but would still notice if suddenly it were missing and that is how background music should be.
In Pandaria the music in the background in the home city was so horrible it made me want to go and kick a panda. It was louder than other background sounds, it was not comfortable, and it was actually something that I found distracting because it was so annoying. Mind you that is my opinion only, some people loved it I am sure, but I was most definitely not one of them.
So that is why I think adding this little jukebox where we will be spending most of our time was a good idea. Sure I would have rather the time spent on making a daily hub or two, adding some scenarios, maybe a new five man or two, so yes I believe there was something better that could have been done with their development time, but adding this was not a bad idea.
While I found the garrison music to be fine just blending into the background neither being noticed nor missed, I am sure there are people out there that hated it as much as I hated the music in the shrine. For them this is a god send.
I have been collecting scrolls, as luck will allow of course (which means none that are drops yet sadly), and I paged through the ones I got while in my garrison. I've settled on the grizzly hills soundtrack as the music for my garrison right now. It is a light type of music that blends into the background most of the time and when I do notice it, it sounds quite nice.
So what music are you playing, and what music would you like to see added? I know I like my grizzly hills music but I surely would not mind the dalaran music either. When it comes to major city musics, none ever felt so relaxing, so natural, so comfortable as the music that played in dalaran. It just seemed right. I would like to hear that in my garrison, but until that happens it will be grizzly hills for me.
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