#FeelGoodFriday: The Little Mermaid – ‘Kiss The Girl’

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The Little Mermaid is another one of my personal favourites from Disney; it has some great songs too! Today’s post features ‘Kiss The Girl’, sung by Samuel Wright who voiced the character of Sebastian (the lobster).

He begins to sing this song in order to encourage Arial to kiss Eric. You’ve got to give a hand to Sebastian for this one, he was really able to set the mood with his wonderfully nature-composed song. But unfortunately, as we all know, the kiss is interrupted…

The video is pretty atmospheric too, I always like to appreciate the aesthetics created by the animators, it’s some truly outstanding art work.

Although it isn’t featured, I think Sebastian’s ‘Under The Sea’ is another excellent Disney track. However, perhaps the themes of love with ‘Kiss The Girl’ are a little more relatable than living under the sea!

See the video below, it’s a pretty heart-warming scene that I have to give full credit to Sebastian for!

If you liked this song, go check out Matt’s #FeelGoodFriday post!

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‘Kiss The Girl’ can be downloaded from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kiss-girl-from-disneys-little/id929718978?i=929719059


#FeelGoodFriday: Disney’s Hercules – ‘Zero To Hero’

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Hercules was the 35th animated feature film to be released by Disney and it was released back in 1997. The film featured a whole host of voice talents, such as Tate Donovan, James Woods and Danny DeVito. The film is loosely based on the Greek mythology hero, Heracles.

The film’s gospel choir make for an interesting addition to the film and they regularly speak to the audience in short interludes. This particular song, ‘Zero To Hero’, is all kinds of fun! It’s split into two clear sections with the second ramping up the tempo. It chronicles Hercules’ rise to fame with the people for his strength and abilities.

Who doesn’t love this song?! You can’t not, it’s amazing! Please share this and tell everyone you know, to crank up their volumes and sing this from their rooftops!

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‘Zero To Hero’ is available on the iTunes Store right now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/zero-to-hero/id724159488?i=724159749


#ThrowbackThursday: Cliff Edwards – ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ (Pinocchio)

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So today’s throwback goes all the way back to Pinocchio, released in 1940.

This was Disney’s second movie, following their first release of Snow White (1939). If you like Snow White go check out my #Two4Tunesday post!

‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ will always be one of my top Disney songs, 75 years after it’s release and I can still enjoy it today. I like how the timelessness of their films and songs really brings out a type of ‘magic’ which is truly unique to Disney.

Pinocchio is an amazing film and there are so many aspects to it I love. The animation and artwork is admirable and the storyline is great to follow!

But I think above all this comes Jiminey Cricket – the real star of the show! He’s my favourite character of this film, I think it’s the top hat that wins me over, or maybe the miniature suite and umbrella.

Anyway, make sure you listen to this classic and find Matt’s #ThrowbackThursday here.

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‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ can be downloaded from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/when-you-wish-upon-star-from/id929718978?i=929719050


#ThrowbackThursday / #ThrowbackThreesday: Disney’s Mary Poppins

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Oh Mary Poppins; what a truly sensational film! I recently re-watched the film for the first time in many years and I had forgotten just how magical it was! The music is incredible too; Julie Andrew’s voice is a force to be reckoned with!

The story is adapted and loosely based on some of the novels by UK author, P. L. Travers. Travers had several meetings with Walt Disney to discuss how he was and was not allowed to produce the film in relation to her character, Mary Poppins. These rather challenging meetings have since been turned into a film themselves, Saving Mr Banks.

The first song I want to include (‘Sister Suffragette’) is one which is based on the political movements at the time the film was set and shows Mrs Banks in support of the Suffragette’s in her own boisterous way.

Mary Poppins – ‘Sister Suffragette’

‘The Life I Lead’ is the next song and it also relates to way life was back then. It sees a rather detached yet forceful father, who wants the have children and wants the best for them, but wants no hand in raising them. This rather tongue-in-cheek song is amusing and proves to be another stand-out track for me.

Mary Poppins – ‘The Life I Lead’

Lastly is the rather obvious track, ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’; it’s a global favourite from the film and encompasses all the joys the film holds. Julie Andrews’ delivery of the song is perfect and cements the film in everyone’s minds. I don’t think it matters how many times you hear this song, it’s still as brilliant as the first time I heard it. It’s timeless.

Mary Poppins – ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’

What do you think of Mary Poppins? Have you got any different, favourite tracks from the film? Please share this with others on your social media accounts, thanks!

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The Mary Poppins soundtrack is available for download now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mary-poppins-50th-anniversary/id738030537



#WildCardWednesday: Pogo & Jeesh – ‘The Trouble’

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Today’s Disney post is a little different to normal, but I know you’ll love this tune!

‘The Trouble’ is a great example of how well modern styles can be brought into old Disney, as I also discovered with my #MellowMonday post.

I’ve been following Pogo‘s work for some time now and I’ve decided that Disney week would be the perfect time to share it with you guys (Matt’s also previously shared Boo Bass by Pogo)!

His production style is pretty uncommon: he uses snippets of various films which he mixes up and edits into unique songs. I’m a huge fan of everything he does though I can’t imagine how long each one must take to create!

The thing I love the most about his music technique is being able to recognise certain clips form the films, it’s almost as if you’re watching it.

I really like how Pogo & Jeesh managed to keep the themes and ideas of the oriningal Disney films (Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin are all featured in this track); the calmness and simplicity of the song expresses a happiness and innocence which is depicted through the movies too.

Go check out the music video, it’s well worth a watch:

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#WildCardWednesday: Disney’s The Lion King – ‘Circle Of Life (Mat Zo Remix)’

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The Lion King has surely got to be one of the most notable films Disney has ever released!

Although it was released back in 1994, it is memorable for its incredible soundtrack, featuring the writing talents of Elton John and Tim Rice, as well as its epically emotional scenes, when Mufasa is killed by Scar and its comedic scenes featuring the dynamic duo, Timon and Pumbaa!

Timon and Pumbaa were such a hit with audiences, that they went on to have their own spin-off series and the film went on to have two sequels.

This particular song, ‘Circle Of Life (Mat Zo Remix)’, has been chosen because of its interesting remix elements! Mat Zo is a Grammy-nominated producer and DJ from Britain and he’s done an excellent job of remixing this classic Disney song. He has combined elements of the original song with dubstep/drum & bass qualities. The video is pretty trippy and cool too!

What do you think of this intriguing remix? A fan or not? Got any other interesting tracks for our Disney-themed #WildCardWednesday? Please spread the love by sharing the link to this post.

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‘Circle Of Life (Mat Zo Remix)’ is available for download right now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/circle-life-from-lion-king/id844858059?i=844858153


#Two4Tunesday: Snow White – ‘A Smile and a Song’ & Peter Pan – ‘You Can Fly!’

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Today I’ve featured two classic Disney films, both full of some incredibly heart-warming tracks.

From Snow White and the Seven Dwarves I have chosen ‘A Smile and a Song’. This song was originally released in 1937 along with the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This film was Disney’s first release so it will always remain special to me – hence why I had to feature its soundtrack!

It was hard to choose through so many great songs; ‘Heigh-Ho’‘Whistle While You Work’ are classics but ‘A Smile and a Song’ has to be my favourite.

The scene which the music video takes place in is just as lovable. This joyous tune is sung by Snow White in a woodlands surrounded by cute animals; a Disney paradise!

Snow White – ‘A Smile and a Song’


Peter Pan is another Disney film that had to be selected, this film is full of Disney magic – the flight to Never Land was always my favorite scene as a child, I mean who wouldn’t want to be able to fly?!

The song ‘You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!’ fits wonderfully in the film, it comes on just when we meet Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and when the children start to fly. This song marks the point at which all the magic starts to begin, so it’s definitely one to remember.

Checkout the video below; extracted from the orgininal 1953 Peter Pan film. I love the old school animation style and the overall happiness of the clip which accompanies the song.

Peter Pan – ‘You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!’

Also find Matt’s Disney #Two4Tunesday post for this week!

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#Two4Tunesday: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – ‘Be Our Guest’ & Disney’s Aladdin – ‘Friend Like Me’

This week’s a special #Two4Tunesday with two massive Disney songs, taken from the sensational Beauty and the Beast and action-packed Aladdin.

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Beauty and the Beast is surely one of, if not the most memorable film Disney has ever made…surely?! It is the perfect combination of magic, darkness, beauty, beastliness, enchantment and musical-style songs.

Released in 1991, Disney’s 30th animated classic was based on a traditional French fairy tale and featured the unmistakable voice of Angela Lansbury.

‘Be Our Guest’ features the amazing Angela Lansbury and the voice of Lumière, Jerry Orbach and is the scene in which the enchanted household objects welcome Belle to the Beast’s castle. The song received nominations for Golden Globes and Academy Awards, and it’s well-deserved!


‘Be Our Guest’ is on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/be-our-guest-from-disneys/id929718978?i=929719121


Beauty and the Beast – ‘Be Our Guest’


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‘Friend Like Me’ is taken from the 1992 Disney film, Aladdin and features the amazing vocals from the late Robin Williams. Williams used his trademark voice talents to bring many accents and interesting aspects to the song; it honestly wouldn’t have been the same without him!

The film’s soundtrack clearly reflects the Arabian style with its specific sound.

Interesting Fact: On the older version of the film (the original VHS and DVD releases) you can hear Aladdin whisper to Jasmine, during the balcony scene, “Take off your clothes”…saucy!


‘Friend Like Me’ is also available on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/friend-like-me-from-disneys/id929718978?i=929719094


Aladdin – ‘Friend Like Me’

So concludes this week’s special Disney #Two4Tunesday! I hope you enjoy these two really great songs! Please don’t forget to share this link across your social media accounts.

Also don’t forget to check out Max’s Disney #Two4Tunesday post!

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#MellowMonday: Lana Del Rey – ‘Once Upon A Dream’

Hello everyone and welcome to Muzik Speaks’ Disney Week!

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To kick things off I have chosen Lana Del Rey’s cover of ‘Once Upon A Dream’ from Maleficent.

The original song comes from Sleeping Beauty (1959), and Lana Del Rey’s new cover from Maleficent (2014).

The newer film serves as a prequel for the 1959 film, showing the story of sleeping beauty through the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficent. Both films are amazing, probably because they’re both made by Disney!

The main actress, Angelina Jolie specifically chose Lana Del Rey to perform this song and I’m glad she did; it’s a perfect choice!

I love her adaptation, she brings some modern vibes to it without loosing out on the overall sentimentality of the original. The production of this track is just as amazing, you can hear a subtle effect on the vocals. Which just goes to show how much attention there was to detail!

I really like this track, it’s probably one of my favourite modern Disney songs. Are you a fan of these twists on old films?

Keep posted to read about more Disney tracks this week and share with you friends!

Go check out Matt’s Disney #MellowMonday post for this week!

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Lana Del Rey’s cover of ‘Once Upon A Dream’ is available for download now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/once-upon-dream-from-maleficent/id805538979


#MellowMonday: Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story – ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’

Hello everyone and welcome to Muzik Speaks’ Disney Week!

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‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’ was originally written and recorded by Randy Newman for Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story. Toy Story was released back in 1995; this year sees the 20th anniversary of the film! Can you believe it?!

Toy Story was the first feature length animation released by Pixar, generating $361 million worldwide, in its opening weekend. The film was so successful and plucked the heartstrings of so many, that they went on to release two sequels, and Pixar have gone on to create many other visual masterpieces since!

The film featured the voice talents of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen who played Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively. Toy Story also sent children and families into a frenzy, to own a Buzz Lightyear toy, in the Christmas of that year…the queues at toy shops worldwide, were incredible!

Do you still love Toy Story as much as you did, 20 years on? Did you have your own Buzz Lightyear toy? Did you get one that Christmas? Please share the link to this post and you never know…your toys might come to life if you do!

Also, go check out Max’s Disney #MellowMonday post for this week!

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‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’ is available for download now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/youve-got-a-friend-in-me/id714526974?i=714526993