Posted in Deep Thoughts, Moody Music, Music

Moody Mellow Monday Music

Moody Mellow Monday Music:

Check it out here

Bleachers – I Miss Those Days
Little Big Town – Your Side of the Bed
Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter
Scout – Day Before Yesterday
Tom Odell – Can’t Pretend
Stephen Speaks – Out of My League
Kelly Clarkson – That I Would Be Good/Use Somebody
Awolnation – Sail (Innerpartysystem Remix)
Over the Rhine – Latter Days
Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
Kendall Payne – Scratch
Matt Nathanson feat. Sugarland – Run
Our Lady Peace – Life
J. Ralph – One Million Miles Away
Iron & Wine – Flightless Bird, American Mouth
Gavin Degraw – Just Friends
Phanton Planet – Lonely Day
Void Vision – Sour (Vanzetti & Sacco Remix)
Spiritualized – Ladies & Gentleman We Are Floating in Space
Thisway – Crawl
Forest For the Trees – Dream
James Morrison – I Won’t Let You Go
Moby – In This World
Lady Gaga – Speechless
Actual Tigers – End of May
Marc Cohn – True Companion
Live – Dance With You
Kelly Clarkson – Lies
K’s Choice – Virgin State of Mind
Sarah Slean – My Invitation
Azure Ray – Displaced
Colin Hay – I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You
Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence
Kris Allen – The Truth
Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros – Home

Posted in Collection, Disney, Disney California Adventure, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort, Epcot, Geek, Magic Kingdom, Music, Park Audio, Park Maps, Pin Trading, Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Parks Collection

I’m a huge fan of Disney Parks. If you know anything about me, you know that.

Both Walt Disney World Resort, in Florida, and Disneyland Resort, in California. I think there are both amazing places to visit, and I believe every.single.person should experience them, at least once in their life.

There’s just something about Disney that can’t compete with any other theme park in the world. The theming is beyond spectacular. The individual areas of the park paint a picture for you, the visitor. You actually feel like you’re in the jungle, on a mountain, in a specific country, or even in the fantasy world where your favorite animated characters are real. They achieve this through endless techniques – forced perspective for buildings, scents near restaurants and shops, background music to establish time period and walking pace, carefully planned sight lines to hide buildings, pathways with hidden turns, and so much more. All of the techniques Disney Imaginears utilize treat your eyes and ears to the fantasy that unfolds in front of you.

The most common question I hear from my friends is “which resort do you prefer?” There are hundreds of blogs, articles, and opinions ad nauseam over which resort is better, but frankly, I don’t give a damn. I love both resorts, including all 6 parks. There are pros and cons, for sure, but I’d love to be in any of the 6 parks at any given moment, rather than living my regular life.

*Side note: I haven’t visited any of the international parks, yet. Some day.

Obviously, I can’t live at Disney ALL the time, so that’s where my Disney collection comes in. I have so many items that have allowed me to bring a piece of the Disney experience home.

I just have a true collector’s personality. For me, it’s part of the chase. My husband says I’m a hoarder, but I vehemently disagree. It’s that I love having in my physical possession reminders of the things I’ve done, experienced, and the memories I’ve made. It just feels good. And, like I’ve mentioned with Christmas houses, my collection allows me tangible connection to moments in my life that I have cherished.

When it comes to Disney, it can be expensive. I’ve shared previously that I collect Disney pins. But, my collection is so much more than that. I collect some expensive items, many inexpensive items, and lots of free things – whatever speaks to me and helps me remember the experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have in my life.

Follow these links to check out mini blog posts about the different aspects of my collection, Disney PinsPark Maps, and Park Audio.

Do you want to read about more? Let me know in the comment section!

Posted in Collection, Disney, Disney California Adventure, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort, Epcot, Geek, Magic Kingdom, Music, Park Audio, Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Parks Collection: Audio

This mini blog post is a stub from my Disney Park Collection Post. Check it out here.

A hugely important aspect of Disney’s legendary theming is music. As you walk into each area of the park, your mind is taken somewhere else. To a certain time period, a location, a country, or an intangible idea. And music helps make that illusion all the more real.

Disney has been hit or miss when it comes to releasing the audio they feature in the parks. Sometimes, it’s unavailable in the “real” world altogether. Other times, they feature some on their sporadic park official soundtrack releases. I have a small collection, but here it is:

Since I suffer from a tiny bit of OCD, the releases are organized by the date I purchased them, starting at the bottom. The first CD I purchased was the official soundtrack to the “Main Street Electrical Parade”. I saw the parade during my first visit to the park, and I just had to own that infectious song.

Each year, and visit I made to the parks, I would always check and see if there was a new release. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the timing, but when they came out, I purchased them. They have a sense of exclusivity to them – you can’t just purchase tracks on iTunes, or through Google. Most times, these tracks are only available on the disc for purchase inside the park.

Frustratingly, but understandably, the official soundtrack is often filled with repeat music and 4-5 new tracks. Of course, collectors and park aficionados like me want all new, but Disney has to appeal to the casual or first time visitor.

Thankfully, there are special releases like the 40th Anniversary Haunted Mansion release which has a new ride-through. Or the Event Party album which features the awesome Happy Hallowishes audio. They also released a standalone album of the now-retired Wishes fireworks show. It holds a special place in my heart because that’s the regular show that played when I worked there during my Disney College Program days. Sigh.

Some of my favorites are the highlights of the “Main Street USA” background music, Soarin’s musical score, Cinderella Castle Medley, Epcot’s Illuminations soundtrack, Space Mountain soundtrack, fireworks and other evening entertainment score… the list goes on, and it just feels good to listen to. Sometimes, my coworkers come by my desk and they give me that look that says “what the hell are you listening to?” as I just smile, bobbing my head happily.

Yes, Disney parks soundtracks are mixed in with the “normal” music I play regularly. Am I weird? Yes. Do I care? No. Weird people are cool.

Posted in Christophe Beck, Film Score, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, John Williams, Music, Score, Television Score

Film & Television Score

Have you ever noticed the background music in your favorite films or television shows? I’m not talking about music with vocals, I’m talking about the instrumental mood-evoking music.  Sometimes that music is so buried in a scene that you don’t even consciously notice it, you just feel it.

Think of the classic “Flying Theme” from E.T. when Elliot takes off on his bicycle. It’s one of my absolute favorites:

Or what about the Imperial March from Star Wars?

These tracks are so beautifully powerful, and add a level of “realness” to the story you’re watching unfold. It’s hard to imagine the scene and the music separately, isn’t it? There are so many, many, many hugely popular and familiar tracks, that if you heard them you’d instantly know.

Think of the Jaws theme, or the Halloween horror movie music. It’s all so iconic. The haunting humming in Titanic, or the Bagpipe music from Braveheart.

I’ve been a fan of score since I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, back in 1997. Christophe Beck is one of my favorite score composers, and I have collected as much of his work as possible. His score to the star crossed lovers, Buffy and Angel, was absolutely beautiful. Here’s a sample of another one of my favorites:

Another more modern TV favorite is The Handmaid’s Tale score:

The Handmaid’s Tale is set in such a disorienting world. It’s like ours- only different, more controlled, more prison-like. The music has that distorted odd “something isn’t right” feeling.

Once I realized how much I loved score, I branched out. Of course there are big names I mentioned earlier, like John Williams (Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, Indiana Jones, Home Alone, Jurassic Park), James Horner (Titanic, Braveheart), Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Inception), all with phenomenal music. You can get these hugely popular themes via download or on soundtrack albums.

I also fell in love with less famous composers. Not as well known, but I think the score from the movie “Pleasantville” is amazing. Not only is the movie unsung, I think the score is as well. Listen to one of Randy Newman’s cues here:

Another favorite is the music from “Great Expectations” by Patrick Doyle. Check this cue out:

“Castaway” featured little score, to accentuate the feelings of loneliness and isolation the character felt on the island, but check out the amazingly gorgeous closing theme by Alan Silvestri. I think this one may be my favorite piece:

Another of my absolute favorites is Michael Giacchino’s score to the television series Lost. The music so eloquently captured how each character was “lost” in their own special way. Check out Locked Out Again:

Are you a fan of movie or television score? There are literally thousands of cues out there.

What do you think? As you can see, I have a lot of favorites. I started this post thinking I would share my top 5, and honestly that’s just too much of a challenge for me. Music is everything for me. I listen to score when I write- it helps me feel inspired. I also listen to it after a bad day, to calm my emotions and help me find my center. I think if we lived in a world without music to help us express our moods, we’d be a lot worse off. Music is a beautiful thing.