Separately, but related:
I had a vague idea for a small something I could maybe submit to a NESdev compo. (Seems unlikely that I'll manage to make it by the current one's deadline, but I guess I could submit it for the next one in the worst case.)
I had a thought for how I'd write a song for it and started working it out. And I'm honestly pleasantly surprised by like... how songlike this is so far. I feel like there's more to be done, but my last few years of occasional study has actually paid off and I'm pretty happy about it.
It's pretty much, like that DQ1 song, just roughly 8 bars of actual song, and mostly just the two lines. (I'm playing with adding a third but so far not digging what I've got.)