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Over the past few weeks, I’ve made a few posts about our 2-year musical journey. If you’ve missed them, it’s not too late to catch up! Gracie and I are going to be spending the next 2 years studying history, literature, etc. through the lens of Musicals. We’ll be doing this in a variety of ways, including actually attending musical performances, watching musicals on tv/dvd, listening to courses about music and musicals, and reading books (either history-based or books about music). And that is where today’s book review comes in . . .
About the Book
The Magic of Disney Music
It’s all around you. The lyrics, the melodies, the sonic presence of Disney, whether you’re in a theme park, in a movie theater, or browsing a play list. What makes Disney music so, well, magical? Why do these songs get stuck in our heads, and why do they represent, for many of us, the intangible appeal of Disney?
Musician Karl Beaudry examines the art and the science of Disney music, from the technical aspects of a successful Disney song to how Disney uses these songs to enhance the appeal of its films and theme park attractions. You’ll learn why Disney wants you to listen to certain songs at certain times and in certain places. And why you respond in just the way Disney expects you to respond!
Disney Melodies includes these “tracks”:
- A layman’s look at the melodies, harmonies, and rhythmic structures used to compose most Disney songs.
- How consistency plays a large part in the success of Disney music, and why it’s the reason most of know whether or not a song is a “Disney song”.
- The use of both music and sound in the Disney theme parks, and how no themed area is ever silent.
- Short biographies of Disney composers known and not-so-well-known, including lists of their top tunes.
- Analyses of the most popular Disney songs and shows.
Find out why you can’t get that Disney song out of your head!
About the Author
Karl Beaudry became a Disney fanatic when he found himself standing underneath a monorail track waiting for his parents to buy Walt Disney World ticket books in December 1971. The anticipation of experiencing the Magic Kingdom combined with the fantasy of seeing transportation and architecture unlike anything he had ever seen before was enough to spark a Disney obsession that continues to this day.
Karl spent the past several years studying the history of all things Disney. He has always been fascinated with the stories of the great people involved with the legacy of Disney productions and projects. When he isn’t writing about Disney, he spends a lot of his time with church activities and planning vacations for future Disney fanatics. His hope is that he can encourage Disney park visitors to go beyond the parks and into the undiscovered country that is Disney.
Heidi Says . . .
This is the second of Mr. Beaudry’s books that I have read and reviewed. You can read my review of Disney Destinies here.
This book, focused entirely on Disney music, was another great read. If you love music and you love Disney, this book is pretty much a no-brainer!
It fit in perfectly with our study! In addition to doing a full course on American-based Musicals, and one on a more World History approach, we also plan to do units on Fantasy Musicals and Disney Musicals. As Disney fans anyway, we’re kinda crazy about Disney music, so I really enjoyed this book and will be passing it on to Gracie to read as well.
I especially enjoyed Chapter 1 which focused on “The Great Disney Composers” and shared details about how they became part of the Disney family and what they are famous for. Chapter 8 is called “Magical Musical Highlights” and discusses some of the most famous pieces of Disney music and why they are so popular, etc. The Appendices goes into more in-depth musical terms, etc. (I’m sure Gracie – my musician – will enjoy that section as well.)
We’ll definitely be keeping this book handy to reference when we are watching more Disney musicals! I also love that Mr. Beaudry discusses in-park, attraction music as well. Music is a HUGE part of Disney – this book ties it all together in a nice neat little package.
Head over to Theme Park Press to read excerpts from this book and find out where to purchase it.
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