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Music Mondays: When You Wish Upon a Star

"When You Wish Upon a Star" is probably one of the most famous Disney songs. It was written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney's animated classic, Pinocchio. It has the distinction of being the first Disney song to win an Academy Award (1940) for Best Original Song. It ranks #7 on the AFI's 100 Greatest American Movie Music

This week, when you hear the first chords of this iconic tune, it might be followed by "Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler, you just won the Superbowl. What are you going to do next?" It was this song that was chosen for the now famous "I'm Going to Disneyland" Superbowl commercials.  When You Wish Upon a Star has become a theme song that you identify with The Walt Disney Company

The song has been around since 1940 when it was first recorded by Cliff Edwards who provided the voice of Jiminy Cricket. It is not just a Disney classic tune but remains both a beloved and motivational song that has been covered by many artists like Louis Armstrong, Billy Joel to Indina Menzel. If you go into iTunes and search When You Wish Upon a Star, you can see just how many different versions there are and you would be surprised at who has recorded a version of this song. There are hundreds of recorded versions of this song.

I think the most interesting recording that I came across was one by Beatles member, Ringo Starr and jazz musician, Herb Alpert. Here's the proof. 

It's always fun to figure out a Disney-related song to share on Music Mondays. The Superbowl had me think about this song for many reasons. It is a song you immediately associate with Disney. It has become a theme song for dreams and accomplishments. 

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

Dream on!

-Daisy