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Music Monday: Go the Distance (Hercules)

This weekend, daughter #2 was part an ensemble production titled, Myth Adventures. It was a loose interpretation of several Greek mythological figures.  They did a great job and I enjoyed the modern overlay. 

There were months of preparations and a full week of tech rehearsals. The cast is made up of only junior high kids so all this was done in midst of their weekly school schedule and homework load. I kept thinking how much endurance they had to have, especially through tech week. Their efforts reminded me of the song, Go the Distance, from Disney's 35th animated film, Hercules (1997).

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The music was written by Disney Legend Alan Menken and lyrics by David Zippel. This song was nominated for both an Academy Award (Original Song) and Golden Globes (Best Original Song - Motion Picture) losing only to to a song that you might have heard of, My Heart Will Go On (Titantic). Go the Distance is Hercules' theme song as he makes a journey to find his real parents and learn about his potential to be a hero. My favorite cover of this song is one sung by Lucas Grabeel from the DisneyMania 5 collection

The lyrics reminded me of my daughter's play and her fellow cast members as they endured the hours of rehearsals, in addition to their normal school workload, that eventually led them to a successful opening weekend. 

I am on my way
I can go the distance
I don't care how far
Somehow I'll be strong
I know every mile
Will be worth my while
I would go most anywhere to find where I belong

Image from South Coast Repertory (SCR)

Image from South Coast Repertory (SCR)

When you spend time with a close group of kids trying to get to the same goal, a sense of belonging does occur. You can tell there is a bond with the Myth Adventures ensemble. They went the distance. These young aspiring actors are my heroes. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy