I probably first heard this song around a year ago, and it's still one of my favorites. It's calming and sad and I don't know, I just *love* this song. The panning at the beginning/end is a really interesting idea for a way to start/end the song, almost like its something passing, like in the beginning something bad happened in someone's life and in the end the sadness they felt melts away. On the topic of it being a opener, it really does sound like that! Overall, im giving this a 5/5, because it's a beautiful piece and it works really well as an opener.