Category Archives: Music Monday

The Bare Necessities

Welcome to another Disney Music Monday blog hop.  Today, we are looking a song from the Disney classic movie, The Jungle Book.  The Jungle Book, like most Disney films of the era, had songs written by the Sherman Brothers.  However, The Bare Necessities is unique.  It is the only song from The Jungle Book soundtrack not written by the Sherman Brothers.  It was written by Terry Gilkyson.  Gilkyson was brought in to write all of the songs for the movie.  However, a large portion of the song had to dark of a tone for Walt Disney’s vision of the movie.  As a result,  the Sherman Brothers were brought to completely re-write the soundtrack with The Bare Necessities as the lone survivor of Mr. Gilkyson’s work.

Thanks for joining me on this Disney Music Monday with a look at one of Disney’s classic songs from one its classic movies.

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Illuminations: Reflections of Earth – Disney Music Monday

Walt Disney World experimented with many different night-time shows at EPCOT.  The first was Carnival de Lumiere which was sponsored by Apple and ran from October 1982 until the summer of 1983.  The major downside to this show was it could only be viewed between the Canada and Mexico pavilions.  The next show was A New World Fantasy.  This show, too, had a short run from summer of 1983 until late spring of 1984 before it was replaced by Laserphonic Fantasy.  Laserphonic used most of the same music as A New World Fantasy.  This show ran until 1988.

photo courtesy of Disney Parks Info
photo courtesy of Disney Parks Info

Laserphonic Fantasy was replaced by the first version of Illuminations.  Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is the fourth version of Illuminations to be shown in EPCOT.  I am not a big fireworks person so I usually don’t stay too close to the presentation.  However, I try to stay close enough where I can listen to the music.  If that’s not possible and I need an Illuminations fix, thankfully, there is YouTube videos of the show which can be seen below.

Thanks for taking the time to join me and my friends Mike, from My Dreams of Disney, and Kimberly, from Frontierland Station, as we bring to you another Disney Music Monday.

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Happy Labor Day


Dad For Disney did find some time to relax on the Labor Day but he also wanted to make sure that he participated in the Disney Music Monday link-up with Mike from My Dreams of Disney.  Although, Labor Day does not have the same patriotic fervor as Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  The Voices of Liberty are still a good source of inspiration on this Labor Day.

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A Spoonful of Sugar

Welcome back to another Disney Music Monday Link-Up.

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Disney has a lot of music to choose and usually a Disney song brings up some type of Disney park memory for me.

Today, though, I’m sticking with a song but for a different reason.  I was watching Jeopardy last week and the Final Jeopardy! category was “Disney Songs”

The answer was: A Spoonful of Sugar

Question: The inspiration of this song come from what the doctors had to do when administering the polio vaccine to the children of one of the Sherman brothers.

The Robert Sherman’s children were given their polio vaccine on a cube of sugar which was then swallowed and the sugar masked the bad taste of the vaccine.  Robert had spent the entire day at work trying to develop a song for the movie.  The working title of song was, “A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down,” which was then shortened to “A Spoonful of Sugar.”

Even Jeopardy! loves Disney.  🙂

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The Three Caballeros – The Soundtrack

The Three Caballeros was released by Disney in 1945 (1944 in Mexico).  But it is the soundtrack of the movie that I am focusing on today in this week’s edition of Disney Music Monday hosted by me and my friend Mike from the My Dreams of Disney blog.  We take some time out each Monday and focus on the music of Disney.

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What makes the music from The Three Caballeros so interesting?  The one piece of information that peaked my interest was the movie was released in 1945 (1944 in Mexico).  The music was nominated for an Academy Award: Best Musical Score.  It lost to Anchors Aweigh starring some little known singer named Frank Sinatra.  🙂  However, a soundtrack for the movie was not released until 2001 which was even 20 years after its last re-release in theaters.

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In all of my research, I could not find a reason as to why it took over 60 years for Disney to release a soundtrack from one its earliest films.

The soundtrack features 14 songs most of which are uncredited works.  The men behind the songs from the film were Edward Plumb, who also worked on the music for Bambi, Paul Smith, who won a Oscar for the music in Pinocchio, and Charles Wolcott, who worked on both Bambi and Pinocchio.

Here’s a song from the soundtrack: Mexico

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