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I remember as a kid sitting next to my record player in my kid-sized chair listening to my favorite Walt Disney songs. I think my favorite songs were from Mary Poppins as I so enjoyed seeing the movie. Now when I was a kid, we did not have VCRS so the only way to see a movie was in the theater. It was such a treat to see a movie and most all the movies I saw were Walt Disney ones. Since I had the record album to Mary Poppins, I would sit next to my record player and sing along with the songs. I think I did this until I was ten. Then my kids came along and we would sing and dance along to Walt Disney songs on cassette tapes. It was a great way to combine exercise and fun. My favorite songs to exercise to were from the Jungle Book movie. "The Bare Necessities" and "I Wanna Be Like You" were great songs to get us moving. I think my kids knew the music before they even saw the movie later on the VCR player. Music was just an awesome part of our day whether is was while we danced or while we were driving in the car. I was the child and later the mom who loved to sing and Walt Disney songs were the best.
I bet you have Walt Disney cartoon tune or melody in mind, that reminds you of magic afternoons spent with you parents, when you were a kid, or with your own children. What Walt Disney tune are you thinking about right now? Are you singing it in your head?
Well, artists such as Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Stacey Kent, Jamie Cullum and other leading music stars remember this special feeling and produced the Disney Loves Jazz album. This collection of many favorite Disney songs has a special jazz beat to it showing the impact Disney has had on generations of jazz musicians. I love that these jazz musicians took their childhood memories of Disney songs and put this special twist on it. Take a look at the songs on the album. Do you see any favorites from your childhood or your children's?
I just love the quotes from some of the artists involved in the release of this Disney Loves Jazz album.
1. Jamie Cullum – "Everybody Wants To Be A Cat" – from The Aristocats
2. Melody Gardot – "He’s A Tramp" – from Lady And The Tramp
3. Stacey Kent – "Bibbidi Bobbodo Boo" (French version) – from Cinderella
4. Gregory Porter – "When You Wish Upon A Star" – from Pinocchio
5. China Moses – "Why Don’t You Do Right" – from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
6. Raphaël Gualazzi – "I Wanna Be Like You" – from The Jungle Book
7. The Rob Mounsey Orchestra – "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" – from Cinderella
8. Hugh Coltman – "You’ve Got A Friend In Me" – from Toy Story
9. Anne Sila – "Let It Go" – from Frozen
10. Melody Gardot & Raphaël Gualazzi – "The Bare Necessities" – from The Jungle Book
11. Laika – "Once Upon A Dream" – from Sleeping Beauty
12. Nikki Yanofsky -"Someday My Prince Will Come" – from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
13. The Hot Sardines – I Wanna Be Like You (French & English version) – from The Jungle Book (US release only)
I just love the quotes from some of the artists involved in the release of this Disney Loves Jazz album and how it relates to their contributions.
“There are a lot of Disney Movies I loved as a child and are still in my heart. The Jungle Book is my favorite one, I love characters and funny scenes. In Italy, we have Disney movies every Christmas and I used to watch them. I loved the bad guys and the thief of “101 Dalmatians”.
I want to give back the happiness and the funny aspect of these songs. I would like to contribute and bring my sensibility, the way I feel music, the way I feel the theme. I’m honored to share “bare necessities” with Melody Gardot, she’s one of the most important voices of the recent generation.”
“I’ve always loved Disney films and Disney music . There’s magic about the fairytale world they conjure up. The song I chose from Cinderella captures that feeling of magical wonderment that I felt as a child.
The song BIBBIDI BOBBIDI BOO, speaks to the child in us all, that still believes - or would like to believe - that we can do magic. As we grow up, we are at the risk of losing that sense of possibility but music has always had the power to transform the world and make it a better place; If that’s not magic, what is?
So as you are humming your favorite Disney song, go check out this unique collection of favorite Disney songs that have a wonderful jazz beat to them.