Musical Monday- Go the Distance

 

Today’s Musical Monday goes all the way back to 1997 with the movie Hercules.  I’ve always been a fan of the this classic Disney film.  In fact, it comes in as #5 on My Top 10 Disney Animated Films list.  As I mention in that previous blog post, Hercules has made the top 10 list for 2 reasons; 1) my love of greek mythology, and 2) for the music!!!! My absolute favorite song from the movie (and quite possibly one of my favorite Disney songs ever) is “Go the Distance.”  This stunning arrangement features two pianos and the talents of Shawn Hook and Kurt Hugo Schneider.  Enjoy this week’s Musical Monday!

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Musical Monday-One Man Disney Movie

For today’s Musical Monday, I would like to share Nick Pitera as my featured artist.  Nick is SOOO talented and has an absolutely amazing range!  When you watch this video and find yourself wondering is that really him singing the high parts, yes it is!  His falsetto range is just incredible!  I think this video is so wonderfully creative!

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So enjoy Nick Pitera’s One Man Disney Movie, featuring songs from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Little Mermaid, Enchanted, Hercules, Mulan, Jungle Book, and Pinnochio.

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Musical Monday- Disney Love Medley

Okay, most of you out in “Cyberland” do not know me personally, so let me tell you a little bit about myself.

First of all, I LOVE DISNEY (… like duh, I have a blog called Confessions of a Mouskaholic, so I guess that was a given…)  It might be more than loving Disney, in fact, some might call it obsession.

Next, I am a full time music teacher in Ohio.  I teach 7th through 12th grade choir and general music in a suburban school district.  I went to Kent State University (Go Golden Flashes!) for instrumental music education, but my certification is K-12 any music.  My dream was to be a band director, but here I am 10 years into my teaching career and I’ve taught choir for 7 of them and love it.  While that it something I never thought I’d say 15 years ago, here I stand teaching choir and really truly loving it.

Third, I am passionate about music, especially A Capella music.  I think that those who can sing A Capella and do it well are so so talented.  Just my opinion here, but A Capella musicians and groups are FAR more talented than those who can sing and dance to an auto-tuned track.  These groups display true talent and musicianship and don’t rely on gimmicks to sound amazing.  It’s raw talent.

Lastly, and this is important for today’s post in particular, I LOVE the group Pentatonix.  They are my favorite A Capella group.  They got their start on NBC’s show “The Sing Off” where they won season three.  They’ve become increasingly popular especially with their Christmas albums.  To me they’re fantastic all year round and I love seeing what they have done and where they’re going.  (I was fortunate enough to see them perform live in my home town in September 2015 and WOW what a great show!!!)

So without further ado, I would like to share today’s Musical Monday selection.   This is the Disney Love Medley, featuring Kirstin Maldonado (from Pentatonix) & Jeremy Michael Lewis as the lead singers and the group Voctave singing the BEAUTIFUL soaring harmony!  If you’re not convinced of how amazing this is (which you should be after about 5 seconds) wait for the last two chords… WOW is all I can say!

(P.S.- If you didn’t already think this was beautiful and adorable, Kirsten and Jeremy are dating!!! How cute!)

(P.S.S.- This is a completely separate group, but if you think they’re awesome be sure to check out the Voices of Liberty at the American Pavilion at Epcot.  Many of the members of Voctave are also in Voices of Liberty at Epcot!)

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My Top 10 Disney Animated Films

Bear in mind as you read this, it is merely my opinion of my 10 ten favorites!  Feel free to disagree!  This list will also exclude Pixar.  It’s not that I don’t LOVE Pixar (let’s be honest, I’m a mouskaholic, so DUH I love Pixar!).  So here it is, my top 10 favorite animated Disney films.

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10. Oliver and Company

I’m going with this one because I remember it being one of my favorites as a kid.  I remember the little Chihuahua “Tito” smoking a cigar and saying “If this is torture, chain me to the wall”.  It always made me laugh, and I loved the Billy Joel song “Why Should I Worry.”  I would sing a long at the top of my lungs as a kid!


9. The Lion King

The only reason this one is towards the end of the list is because gosh darn it, it’s sad!  I know everything ends up happy and Simba becomes who he is supposed to be because of the adversity, but yikes, can we say Shakespearean tragedy?!?!

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The Lion King

8. The Little Mermaid

Of course this is in my top 10!!!  What little girl growing up in the 90’s didn’t swim around her pool pretending to be a mermaid after seeing this movie!

7. Beauty and the Beast

I remember being just stunned with the beautiful animation in this film!  Even though the plat may have various holes (like why would an enchantress punish a 10 year old boy for not letting a stranger into the house, and um where were his parents?!?!)  Anyway, still a favorite.  Plus Gaston is just one of those villains that I love to hate!

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

6. Wreck it Ralph

While this one is rather new to the Disney library of animated features, it in my mind is an instant classic!!!  I loved the story line, the magnificent animation, and the heartwarming nature of this one.  I thought the entire thing was clever, and the voice actors were simply brilliant!

5. Hercules

This one takes the number 5 spot for two reasons.  I grew up with a slight obsession with learning about Greek Mythology (yes I know that this is a cartoon movie and that not all the myths are necessarily correct), and the song “Go the Distance”  (The movie version, NOT the Michael Bolton version) This sticks with Disney’s rich tradition of musicals and I love love love the music in this film!

4. Emperor’s New Groove

I think this is one of my favorites just because it’s quirky, quotable, and just funny!  So many great parts of this movie!

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3. Tangled

This like Wreck it Ralph to me was an INSTANT classic!  I loved to see Disney returning to it’s musical roots.  I know that I may be speaking blasphemy but I honest to goodness feel that Tangled is WAY better than that movie about the two icy sisters… If you disagree, just let it go!  This was another Disney film that gave us a new unique princess who wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands!  She knew what she wanted and she pursued it!  I love it all!  (Oh and hello… the smolder!!!)

Rapunzel and Flynn during the 2012 WDW 1/2 Marathon

Rapunzel and Flynn during the 2012 WDW 1/2 Marathon

2. Mulan

Okay, I’m pretty sure that Mulan might be the most kick butt heroine that Disney has ever put out there.  She loved her family, and stood up to protect them, knowing full well that if she was caught she would be put to death.  She made a huge sacrifice, and not only saved her family, but her entire nation.  Oh and the music is great, and the comedic value is pretty spectacular as well!

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1. Lilo and Stitch

I cannot say enough good things about this movie.  I love that it’s quotable, I love that it’s funny, and I love the incredible story line.  Even though it’s a story of a struggle of a broken family, it shows the importance of sticking together.  And even though I’m not a young orphan, I relate to Lilo.  Somehow we both have a slightly twisted sense of humor!

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Lilo

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