My RWBY Volume 1-3 Original Soundtrack Vocal Albums just arrived, and I’m hopelessly addicted to Red Like Roses Part I and II, the signature theme of Ruby Rose. I still don’t like This Will Be the Day, all because of Casey Lee Williams’s voice. She recorded Volume 1’s songs when she was 13(?) and the rawness in her singing is very evident — the song sounds quite grating and irritating.
However, Red Like Roses is a totally different matter, purely because of Jeff Williams’s music. His composition totally carries Casey’s performance. I love how both songs are constructed: The beautiful string solo in Part I that follows after the final lyrics have been sung, to the perfect ebb and flow of Part II as both Casey (representing Ruby) and Sandy Casey (I’m going to assume she’s Casey’s mother — here her voice is representing Ruby’s mother Summer Rose) take turns singing their lyrics.
Yes, I’m going to set myself a personal goal of learning how to play a violin solo of both Part I and Part II. The beat is insanely fast, especially for Part II. But I’m going to challenge myself to give it a shot. Give me one year to improve my violin skills and let’s see where it goes.