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Music Monday: Disneyland Music Website

 image from DisneyChris.com

image from DisneyChris.com

I discovered a fun website that is a great source for many Disneyland songs and tracks that are featured in past and present attractions, parades, and much more. If you ever wanted to know all the different parade music over the decades, you can find it on this website. I also found that there is a lot of additional information about each track that is a great read. You can discover a lot of Disneyland's history through the range of songs that you can listen to on this website. It is like an audio tour of Disneyland through the years. Go check out DisneyChris.com.

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: La Luna by Michael Giacchino

I hope you had a chance to get a glimpse of the solar event today. My sister-in-law drove to Idaho Falls to witness the moment and she said it was very moving and simply awesome! I might have to make plans to travel in 2024 to experience TOTALITY. 

 Image from Disney

Image from Disney

Today made me think of one of my favorite Pixar shorts, La Luna. It's description reads: "La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances." There are no words in the short but the beautiful images are accompanied by music written by Michael Giacchino (Up, Ratatouille, The Incredibles)

If you can't get enough of the Solar Eclipse 2017, there are plenty of images and videos all online. If you just need more solar fun and something fun to watch, view the Pixar short, La Luna

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: DuckTales

WOO-HOO!

Over the weekend, Disney XD premiered a reboot of the fan favorite animated series, DuckTales

One of the most iconic things about this show was the original theme song. It is a classic, very 80s tune. There was a great article in Vanity Fair, "The Story of the DuckTales Theme, History's Catchiest Single Minute of Music." The author has a great history and run-down of how this song came to be and be part of pop culture. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Simply Mad About the Mouse (1991)

One of the fun things about shopping on Amazon is that it will make other suggestions for you that are related to your purchases. One fun item came up that made me smile as I remember this particular CD when it came out in the early 90's.

All the artists on this compilation CD is pretty interesting. I love the variety of the artists and the songs that they sing. Each artist also did a music video which was released in the video version of Simply Mad About The Mouse

Happy Music Monday!

- Daisy

Music Monday: Music from the Park

On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its doors to the public. Sixty-two years later, the magic continues. 

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I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite Disney CDs, Music from the Park. It is a great compilation of songs from Disney Park attractions and shows sung by well known singers/celebrities. One of my favorite numbers is "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from the Haunted Mansion performed by the Barenaked Ladies. It's really fun to listen to different interpretations of some classic songs. 

If you have some favorite songs from a Disneyland attraction, check out this CD. It is out of print but the secondary market is not bad. 

Happy Birthday, Disneyland!

-Daisy

 

Music Monday: Lilo & Stitch Soundtrack

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I still have Hawaii on the brain as we are just getting back from our family vacation. I was listening to the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack. I was reminded that the character of Lilo, is a big Elvis fan, so that is why there are some classic Elvis tunes (Hound Dog and Heartbreak Hotel) in the movie. As a whole, the soundtrack makes for a really great summer party playlist. 

Mahalo!

-Daisy

Music Monday: You're Welcome (Moana)

I am on vacation in Hawaii and it made me think of Disney's Moana. One of the most fun songs from the movie is the song that the character, Maui, sings called "You're Welcome". Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the song really captures Maui's character and how he sees himself as the demi-god that provides for his people. The musical number in the movie is very upbeat and lively. 

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When I heard that there was a cover and video featuring Miranda himself and pop-star Jordan Fisher, I was immediately intrigued. To my delight, their duet takes on a very different tone and style of "You're Welcome". I really love the way the video was filmed. I confess, I am a huge Miranda fan due to my obsession with Hamilton, The Musical. I actually saw Fisher in Hamilton on Broadway back in January. So the following video was something I really enjoyed for a variety of reasons. 

Happy Music Monday! 

and...You're Welcome!

-Daisy

 View of Disney's Aulani (2017)

View of Disney's Aulani (2017)

Music Monday: Miracles Happen (Princess Diaries)

My kids started summer vacation and that means some downtime watching some of their favorite "childhood" movies. My kids are funny as they reference anything related to before their teen years as their "childhood". One of the Disney movies that had a lot of screentime at my house was Princess Diaries (2001). My kids actually watched it first on DVD and then watched it over, and over and over.

There is a very upbeat and fun song associated with this Disney movie. "Miracles Happen" (Eliot Kennedy and Pam Sheyne) was sung by pop singer Myra

The song is will make you want to dance and put a smile on your face. "Miracles happen...when you believe!"

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: On the Open Road (Goofy Movie, 1995)

Hope everyone made some fun Father's Day memories with your favorite dad or dads. I was reminding that the Disney character, Goofy, is a dad. We learned about about this Disney fact when A Goofy Movie was release in 1995. Goofy has a son named Max. 

One of the most memorable scenes in A Goofy Movie was when Max and his dad, Goofy, are in their car ready to start their road trip. 

Warning: This song may stick in your head

If you need a fun summer movie to watch, a movie about father and son, or just a fun Disney movie, check out A GOOFY MOVIE. 

Happy music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Once Upon a Time in New York City (Oliver & Co)

After watching The Tony awards last night, I remembered that there was a song from a Disney movie that talks about New York City. "Once Upon a Time in New York City" from the Disney's 1988 animated movie, Oliver & Company

The song was sung by 80s pop star Huey Lewis. The music was written by Barry Mann and lyrics by Howard Ashman.  Fun fact: newly crowned Tony winner, Bette Midler, voiced the character of Georgette in this movie. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Colonel Hathi's March (The Elephant Song)

We still have a couple more weeks of school left so we're really feeling that final push to get through to the last day. It makes me think that song from The Jungle Book, Colonel Hathi's March (The Elephant Song). Written by Disney Legends Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman, this song provides a lighthearted moment in the movie. 

The cadence of this song is perfect for elephants marching through the jungle. Who can't smile when you see the youngest in the herd so proud to march and trying to keep up. 

"Step it up, two, three, four....!"

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disney Songs Sung in Hawaiian (New Aulani Music)

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ALOHA!

I was really excited about the latest DISNEY PARKS BLOG post. They shared that a new CD from the Disney Aulani is now available. Titled "Mele from Aunty’s Beach House Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa," it features some classic Disney songs in Hawaiian style. Besides being played at Aunty's Beach House, the music can also be heard in the elevators and through different areas of the Aulani resort.  It is different than the songs that you hear in the main lobby (Maka'ala).

The CD is available on iTunes. All the titles are in Hawaiian so it's kind of fun to listen to each song and discover what it is. My favorite is “Ke Noi Aku I Kahi Hōkū” with "Pēlā Nō E ʻIke Ai" a close second. All songs are also available as a single purchase.

My kids are really good at being like parrots so they can sing it back the way they hear the songs. The Hawaiian language only has 8 consonants and 5 vowels. You are suppose to pronounce every letter/vowel. 

 Castle figure inside THe Ōlelo Room

Castle figure inside THe Ōlelo Room

Add the “Mele from Aunty’s Beach House” to your Disney playlist or to your luau playlist. It's really a treat for any Disney fan. 

Mahalo!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Happily Ever After (Magic Kingdom Fireworks)

Last week, a new fireworks show debuted at the Magic Kingdom (Walt Disney World). This also meant that a song for Disney Parks fan is here. Titled, "Happily Ever After" features the voices of Jordan Fisher and Angie Keilhauer. 

Wishes, the fireworks spectacular that preceded the new show, lasted 14 years. I am sure that "Happily Ever After" will also become another classic. Disney Parks immediately released the title song on iTunes so fans could enjoy it and also have something to remember their Disney memories. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Mother Knows Best (Tangled)

Perhaps not best known as a "mother figure," Mother Goethel is a character in Disney's animated movie, Tangled, that sings the song "Mother Knows Best." Written by Alan Menken (music) and Glenn Slater (lyrics). Mother Goethel is voiced by Donna Murphy. The main character, Rapunzel, is very loyal to Mother Goethel, who she believes is her mother who has "lovingly" raised her.

Murphy is an accomplished television and Broadway actress, too. In fact, she will intermittently play the role of Dolly Levi in the musical revival of Hello, Dolly.

Finally, check out this fun behind the scenes video about Murphy and "Mother Knows Best."

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Le Festin (Ratatouille)

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My oldest kid love the Pixar movie, Ratatouille. She love the characters, the story and music. The movie was directed by Brad Bird who had previous success with The Incredibles. Bird asked Michael Giachinno (The Incredibles, Up, Star Trek) to team up again and compose music for Ratatouille. Giachinno would write an Academy and Grammy nominated Original Score.

Giachinno wrote the Academy Award and Grammy nominated score for Ratatouille. The theme song it "Le Festin". It is sung by French singer, Camille. It adds to the film's charm and distinct flavor that the song is sung in French. 

One of the things about this movie is the focus on food. Ratatouille is considered to be some sort of vegetable stew. It would be a perfect dish for a meatless Monday option.

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: In a World of My Own (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)

Sometimes, it would be nice, to be a little like Alice and be "In a World of My Own."

Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard, this song is sung by the main character, Alice. It captures her spirit and her constant of state of daydreaming. Nothing wrong with dreaming. Imagining your own world can lead to hope, new adventures, and unlimited possibilities. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy
 

Music Monday: Santa Fe (Newsies)

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of when Newsies made its debut on the big screen. Directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Hocus Pocus and Dirty Dancing) and music by Disney Legend Alan Menken, the movie had mixed reviews back in 1992. Somehow, it found a pretty big fan following with its release on VHS and then DVD. After it was made into a musical production with new songs and a some minor character adjustments, Newsies is now a very popular with several generations and crossing lines with Disney and Broadway fans. 

One of the songs that are both in the movie and musical version is, "Santa Fe," which is a sung by the main character, Jack Kelly. It's his "I want" song about his desire to leave New York and go west to somewhere totally different to start a new life adventure. Everyone needs a dream to keep them going from day to day. 

Don't forget that this movie is 25 years old. It's still a fun if not surprising to know that it is a very young Christian Bale (Batman Begins and American Hustle) who plays the lead Newsies character of Jack Kelly. 

Disney announced today that Newsies: The Broadway Musical will be available on DVD next month. It features Jeremy Jordan who originated Jack Kelly in the Broadway production. There are also another 8 original Broadway cast members in this particular version. It was filmed in front of a live audience at The Pantages in Los Angeles. It is now available for pre-order. Can't wait to see all the extras on the DVD, too. 

Seize the Day!

-Daisy

Music Monday: STRUT (Cheetah Girls 2)

My oldest kid is currently in Spain to visit her friend. Her trip reminded me of how much my kids loved Disney Channel's Cheetah Girls series back in the mid-2000s. Cheetah Girls 2 featured the characters visiting Spain for a music festival. There is this one song where the Cheetah Girls "strut" through Barcelona, Spain.

The Cheetah Girls sing "Strut" throughout Barcelona

This song, "Strut", was written for the movie by Jamie Houston. "Strut" premiered on Radio Disney and also made its way to the Billboard charts

Don't discount the movie. Kenny Ortega is credited as the director for this movie. Prior to Cheetah Girls, Ortega had great success with the Disney Channel franchise of High School Musical. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy