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Music Monday: Incredibles 2 Theme Music

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My family is getting pretty excited about Incredibles 2 that is coming out in June. The music in the first movie was composed by Oscar winner Michael Giacchino and he's back with more. Over the weekend, Giacchino teased his Instagram followers with some teaser footage from the studio recording of Incredibles 2. 

One of my favorite posts was this behind the scene clip. Turns out that Don Williams is brother to another Oscar winning composer with the same last name. 

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The Incredibles theme song is so iconic and instantly recognizable. It gives you that sense of excitement and suspense. My husband, MacSparky, describes it the Incredibles music as a nod to the 1960s TV shows with that Peter Gunn style. If you haven't listened to the original Incredibles soundtrack, download it. You'll enjoy it and it will get you excited to hear what Giacchino will bring to Incredibles 2. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disney Pixar Hits

The DIsneyland Resort is preparing to celebrate Pixar Fest beginning April 13 through September. I think we are going to hear a lot of music from the Pixar music catalog. If you want a good compilation of some of the most iconic Pixar songs from some of the Pixar films, here is a good album to put on your playlist.

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Pixar music really is an integral part of its movies. What are some of your favorite Pixar songs?

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disney Jazz Vol 1

My husband, MacSparky, was listening to a jazz version of "You've Got a Friend of Me" from Toy Story. He is a big fan of jazz artist, Joshua Redmond. Anyways, I asked MacSparky what album he was listening to and he told me it was from a Disney jazz compilation. 

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Gotta love the name of the album! It's perfect for the music genre. 

There are lots of great Disney songs on this album from a variety of jazz musicians. I am sure you will find one that you will like. It is great to listen to in the car, as you work, or if you just need some soothing Disney tunes. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: March Madness with Disney Songs

It's not too late to check out this fun Disney style March Madness bracket over on the D23 website.  It's called March Hare Mania. 

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They also have a March Hare Spotify list that you can peruse, listen or download. Than visit the D23 website each week to vote and play along. Download and print out the bracket so you can keep track of your Disney song choices. 

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Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: A History of Disney Oscar Nominated Music

Congratulations to songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez on their Best Original Song win for "Remember Me" from the Disney movie, Coco. The song was really a big part of the movie so it was a well deserved win. You can see their acceptance speech here. 

 photo from  Deadline Hollywood .

photo from Deadline Hollywood.

I found a website that lists all the Disney songs and their movies that have been nominated for some kind of Oscar category such as Best Original Song and Original Score. Check out THIS WEBSITE and double click through the different years. Kind of a fun list to peruse. Use it to make a song playlist. 

 Image from  DisneyClips

Image from DisneyClips

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Fantasia 2000

The other week, I was able to view a portion of Disney's 38th animated feature, Fantasia 2000. I forgot how beautiful the movie and music is in one Disney film. 

My favorite segment is Rhapsody in Blue for several reasons. One, I've always loved this song. Two, it is written by an American composer (Gershwin). Three, this particular segment was directed well-known animator, Eric Goldberg. Goldberg approached famous cartoonist, "Al Hirschfeld about the idea of an animated short set to Gershwin's composition in the style of Hirschfeld's illustrations." Finally, it is just a really great part of the movie set with the complicated animation drawn to a classic song.

Happy (late) Music Monday,

Daisy 

Music Monday: Who Framed Roger Rabbit Soundtrack

Last week, Toontown (Disneyland), celebrated its 25th anniversary. When it opened, one of it's most high profile residents was Roger Rabbit. Back then, you could find this character roaming around and available for photo ops in Toontown. He was made famous with the 1988 movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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The soundtrack that accompanied the film was composed by Alan Silvestri. The music has a jazz vibe to it that compliments the era that the movie is set in. The score was performed by the London Symphonic Orchestra. You can find this soundtrack on Amazon and iTunes. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Minnie's Yoo Hoo

Today, Minnie Mouse received her very own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. She joins other Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbell, and Winnie-the-Pooh. You can re-watch the ceremony HERE

There is a song called Minnie's Yoo-Hoo that was written by Walt Disney (lyrics) and Carl Stalling (lyrics and music). It was first heard in the 1929 cartoon called Mickey's Follies

Congratulations, Minnie's Mouse! You are a super star! No one can rock a bow or dots like Minnie!

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Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Fantasia's Nutcracker Suite

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Christmas time is here! One of the most iconic sounds of Christmas has to do with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.

A couple years ago, D23 had a great write-up about the Nutcracker Suite segment in Disney's Fantasia. It is worth the read so check out the article, "5 Facsinating Facts About Fantasia's Nutcracker Suite" HERE

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: The Time of Your Life (A Bug's Life)

There are so many animated Disney movies that have premiered in the month of November, especially during Thanksgiving week. One of those is A Bug's Life (1998). During the end credits, you hear the main song that is most associated with this movie, "The Time of Your Life." 

Written and sung by Randy Newman, A Bug's Life, earned a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score

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So if you are looking for a Disney movie to watch this holiday week, something you might not have seen or don't remember well, check out A Bug's Life. Don't forget that this movie is billed as a "Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Film" because this was before Pixar officially became part of the Walt Disney Company. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Richard Sherman Holds Masterclass for Local High School Students

A couple weeks ago, I referenced a visit by Disney Legend, Richard Sherman, to my daughter's high school. I have to admit that I was a bit jealous of my daughter but happy that she was given the opportunity for such a unique experience at her school. The website, Disney Examiner, was also in attendance and they put together a short video to give you some highlights. It's about 20 minutes long but it is was fun to hear some of the of students talk about this visit and also to hear some of the advice that Sherman shared with these high school student. 

You can view the video on YouTube HERE

 image from Orange County School of the Arts

image from Orange County School of the Arts

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Get ready for Disney Pixar's COCO soundtrack

I am very excited about the new Disney Pixar movie release, COCO. Disney Music Emporium today made available the COCO soundtrack with a special offer with pre-order. 

 image from Disney Music Emporium

image from Disney Music Emporium

Know that COCO is not a traditional Disney musical movie. While music is a big part of the story but specific songs are not woven in to tell its story.  You can listen to some music clips at THIS POST. One of the prominent songs from the movie is called "Remember Me" which was composed by Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Michael Giacchino (Inside Out, Star Trek, Rouge One) is credited for providing the score to this new movie. 

I am excited for the movie and soundtrack. The music in most Disney movies are just as iconic and important to the story. All pre-orders ship on November 8th which is well ahead of the November 22nd movie release date. Plus, you'll have a special ornament for your tree this year. 

Off to shop....Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy 

Music Monday: The Whimsy Works by Richard Sherman

Today, October 16, marks the anniversary of the Walt Disney Studio. It's the day recognized when the Disney Brothers (Walt and Roy) opened up their Los Angeles studio on Kingswell Ave in 1923. After the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, they would move their studio to Burbank where it grew and still stands today. 

Disney Legend, Richard Sherman, wrote a song called "The Whimsy Works" that is about Walt and what is was like working on the Walt Disney Studio lot. It was actually written for a 2016 show called "L.A. Now and Then - A Musical Review." If you watch this D23 video at 2:37, you can watch Sherman talk about this particular song and hear him play it on the actual piano in Walt Disney's office. 

Here is a the actual song number from the musical review. It's kind of fun to hear this original and new-ish song from Sherman after all the years that have passed when he used to write for Walt Disney.

Coincidently, my youngest daughter was able to attend a special lecture class at her high school last week where Sherman spoke to the students about song composition and his long career. My daughter said he shared many Disney stories, too. Sherman did talk about "The Whimsy Works" and he closed their session with a rendition of "it's a small world." You can read about Sherman's visit to my daughter's high school in this article

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disney EPCOT Soundtrack - Tapestry of Dreams

Yesterday, EPCOT celebrated it's 35th birthday. I remember when this CD made its debut and immediately became a fan favorite. 

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This CD, EPCOT, Tapestry of Dreams was released around 1999. Just in time to celebrate the Millennium Celebration that took place at EPCOT. It contains the music from the Tapestry of Dreams parade that occurred at World Showcase. The most famous tune would be"Reflections of Earth" which you would hear at the IllumiNations night time show in the World Showcase area. Also included was "Promise" which is the song that played when you exited Epcot. 

The soundtrack is no longer available at the Parks but you can find copies on the secondary markets. 

Happy 35th, EPCOT!

-Daisy

Music Monday: If I Never Knew You (Pocohantas)

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In 1995, Disney released its 33rd animated classic, Pocohantas. I remember that there was a huge movie premiere at New York's Central Park. It had to follow already Disney hits such as The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. At this point, songs were big part of Disney animated movies and the Pocohantas music was once again written by Alan Menken with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

There was one song that Menken and Schwartz had written that did not make it into the theatrical release and it is called "If I Never Knew You". It is a duet sung by John Smith (Mel Gibson) and Pocohantas (singing voice, Judy Khun). You actually hear a pop version of this song as during the credits. The pop version was sung by Jon Secada and Shanice. Both versions are available on most music streaming services. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disco Mickey Mouse

Last week a friend of mine shared that she found this album at her local thrift store.

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I as a child that grew up in the late 1970's. I remember having this album, Mickey Mouse Disco and playing it on my record player. There were some songs that were a Disney version of popular disco tunes like "Macho Duck" inspired by "Macho Man".  I love that there were also disco version of classic Disney tunes like "it's a small world" and "Chim Chim Cher-ee." 

 Album cover

Album cover

There are lots of videos and remixes on YouTube. While the album is no longer in print, I was happy to find out that the album was available to download on Apple Music. Off to listen to some interesting Disney tunes while i get ready to sit in SoCal traffic. It will remind me of some fun childhood memories, too. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

 

Music Monday: Best of Friends (Fox and the Hound)

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My younger brother and sister grew up with Fox and the Hound as their childhood Disney movie. One of them had the Fox (Tod) and the other had the Hound (Cooper) plush. I just remember Fox and the Hound being the Disney movie that was a big part of their childhood. 

One of the songs from this Disney classic is "Best of Friends". Written by Stan Fidel  (lyrics) and Richard Johnston (music), the song celebrates the sweet friendship between two young canines, a fox and hound. The characters just see themselves as two young pups who want to have fun exploring the woods together. They are unaware that they should be enemies. The song is sung by Big Mama (owl) who is voiced by Pearl Bailey

 

Fox and the Hound was Disney's 24th animated classic that was released in 1981. It's one of those Disney movies that fly under the radar. Put it on your watch list. It's a touching movie about friendship between as told by Disney artists. It would be the last film that some of the Nine Old Men would be involved (Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas). To complete this movie, Disney would rely on a new and young group of animators that included John Lasseter, John Musker, Ron Clements, Glen Keane, Tim Burton, Brad Bird

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy