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Music Monday: Music from the Park

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

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!



Music Monday: Lilo & Stitch Soundtrack

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. 



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.

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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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


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. 



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!


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!


Music Monday: Le Festin (Ratatouille)

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!


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!


Music Monday: Santa Fe (Newsies)

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!


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!


Music Monday: Wind in My Hair (Tangled: The Series)

The Disney Channel premiered a new series last Friday, Tangled: The Series. According to this recent D23 post, "Rapunzel’s story picks up “between the kisses” that come at the end of Tangled and the 2012 short Tangled Ever After, which saw the happy couple say their “I do’s,” and follows the princess as she reacquaints herself with her parents and the kingdom of Corona." 

There is a new song in the Tangled: The Series called, "Wind in My Hair." Disney tapped original Tangled composer, Alan Menken, to write this music for this new Tangled production. Glenn Slater also returned to provide the lyrics. It's fun to hear Mandy Moore voice the character of Rapunzel. 

Before Tangled: The Series, there was actually a made for TV movie, Tangled: Before Ever After. It helped to set up the story in preparation for the TV series. Here's a short clip. 

At the end of the movie, Tangled, we see Rapunzel with short brown hair. In the new series, she has her golden locks again. You'll have to watch the new tv series to find out how this happens.

Happy Music Monday!


Music Monday: New songs for Beauty & The Beast LIVE Action

I think Beauty and the Beast has been in many stages of my life since it came out in 1991. I saw it in the movie theater opening weekend with boyfriend, now husband, MacSparky. The movie became a big hit and I remember hearing the pop version of "Be Our Guest" being played on all the radio stations. When I had kids, they first watched it on VHS format. We went to see the Broadway production when the tour stopped in Southern California. When the DVD format came out, we bought that, too, and watched all the extras. Last summer, my youngest was part of the ensemble in a local musical production of Beauty and the Beast. 

I taught my kids all the songs from the animated movie. We learned the Broadway songs together. Now, we have 4 new songs to enjoy from the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack. 

I think it is fun to see Alan Menken write new songs for the same story that he has been writing for since probably the 1980s when he first started writing music for Beauty and the Beast.  For the animated movie, Menken wrote with Howard Ashman. When the musical was being produced, he collaborated with Tim Rice. Now 26 years later, Menken and Rice are back with new songs for the Live Action version. 

The movie soundtrack was released last week so you can now go hear the following new songs:

  • "Aria" - sung by Madame De Garderobe (wardrobe)
  • "How Does a Moment Last Forever" - sung by Papa. Reprise by Belle
  • "Days in the Sun" - sung by Cast
  • "Evermore" - sung by The Beast

The soundtrack also includes demo versions by Menken and a new pop version of "Beauty & the Beast" sung by Ariana Grande and John Legend. There is also a great version of "Evermore" sung by Josh Groban and "How Does a Moment Last Forever" sung by Celine Dion. These are both EPIC. It is really great to see Dion invited back and continue to be part of the Beauty and the Beast family with this new song. 

I loved the songs from the animated classic. I have learned all the Broadway songs after my daughter became part of a musical version of Beauty and the Beast.  I am enjoying the new songs from this upcoming version and I can't wait to see the movie.

Beauty and the Beast is a constant in my life and I am totally okay with that.  It's been the music in my life since it first came out in 1991. 

Happy Music Monday!


Music Monday: GASTON (Beauty & the Beast)

One of my favorite songs from Beauty and the Beast is "Gaston." Written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman for the 1991 animated movie, the song and scene capture just about everything you need to know about this Disney Villain.

"No one's slick as Gaston
No one's quick as Gaston
No one's neck's as incredibly thick as Gaston
For there's no man in town half as manly
Perfect, a pure paragon"

It's one of the most memorable and fun scene in the movie. I am excited to see the LIVE action version when the LIVE action movie is released late next week. You really see the townspeople and their love for Gaston and you see just how much Gaston loves Gaston.

Last year, I went to a 25th Anniversary Beauty and the Beast event hosted by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Science. The animator behind Gaston, Disney Legend Andreas Deja, was also there to talk a little about how he came to design this villain. He was challenged with drawing a handsome figure who was going to be the evil character in this story. There is this story he shares about a funny "controversy" about animating the line in the song "and every inch of me's covered with hair."

This anecdote demonstrates how Disney animators are crucial to bringing the music and lyrics to life. It's really funny, too. Now you'll never see that scene again without thinking about this story.

"Gaston" is one of those songs that is catchy and can stick in your head for awhile. There are some great lines in the song that are fun to belt out. It's a pretty good song choice for any karaoke night that you and our friends can enjoy singing together. 

Happy Music Monday,


Music Monday: How Far I'll Go (Moana)

Did you catch the wonderful performance of Lin-Manual Miranda and Auli'I Cravalho on the Oscar show last night? They sang "How Far I'll Go" from Moana, Disney's 56th animated movie. It was nominated for Best Original Song for the 89th Academy Awards. Miranda and Cravalho (who vis the voice of Moana) were invited to sing the song on the broadcast. Miranda composed and performed a rap to set the stage for the song and then Cravalho had a flawless live performance. 

It was Miranda's first Oscar nomination. I am sure there will be more in the future and he'll eventually get become an EGOT member. If you want to see some of Miranda's thought process to writing this particular song, check out this post from Oh My Disney and also this Genius entry.

The song is something that most of us can relate to. We know that the world is big out there and it would be fun to see what is out there...but how far do we push ourselves and our loved ones to allow us to seek that adventure? What do we risk by going or not going? 

"See the line where the sky meets the sea? It call me.

And no one know how far it goes. 

If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me,

One day I'll know

How far I'll go...."

Happy Music Monday,


PS: The Moana DVD is being release March 7th. I am sure there are more fun behind the scenes and stories that will be included.