My Menken Music

Did you listen to Dillo’s Diz most recent episode of Theme Park Thursday on The Improviser’s Guide Podcast? No?

OK, HERE’S THE LINK!

Now, at the end of that episode I said I would write a support blog for this episode.

Here within, Brother Dillo’s fave pieces from Menken-Disney soundtracks:

  1. The Little Mermaid – ‘Kiss the Girl’. There’s a triumvirate of greatness here with ‘Part of Your World’ & ‘Under the Sea’. What I like most about ‘Kiss the Girl’ is the build. Sure, ‘Part of Your World’ builds – it’s an ‘I Want’ song, and ‘Under the Sea’ is the showstopper, but ‘Kiss the Girl’ feels like the perfect blend of those two.
  2. Beauty & the Beast – ‘Prologue’. The toughest of all decisions to make. I love ‘Belle (Reprise)’ so much (‘I WANT adventure…’), and I love ‘Belle’ just below that. But the music underneath the words of David Ogden Stiers narration is everything I love – the darkness and the light.
  3. Aladdin – ‘Prince Ali’. I have experienced The Genie dancing hundreds (maybe over a thousand) of dances to ‘Friend Like Me’ in MGM’s now defunct Soundstage Restaurant, but ‘Prince Ali’ – for its theme to Aladdin’s Royal Caravan at the Studios to the dream that this was style of song I would be able to sing is the winner.
  4. Pocahontas – ‘Just Around the River Bend’ . Always preferred this to ‘Colors of the Wind’…
  5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – ‘Hellfire’. I think this is the greatest thing ever. Frollo nails it. End of story.
  6. Hercules – I talked about ‘I Won’t Say I’m in Love’ in our episode and its throwback to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, but I was in a lot of ‘Zero to Hero’ Victory Parades – so I’m calling this one a tie.
  7. Tangled… n/a due to one time viewing.
  8. Newsies – ‘Santa Fe’. It’s true. I thought this was a song I could belt.
  9. Enchanted – ‘That’s How You Know’. Tremendous number in what is still a very, very underrated film. I would still want to see a live number play out in a Disney park.

What are your thoughts? Comment below or Tweet at us @DillosDiz!

Brother Dillo

 

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