Tra-la-la-lally: Songs of the Week

I’m an avid music lover, and I often like to say that there’s a perpetual soundtrack playing in my head.  Usually it’s an eclectic mixture of genres, from movie soundtracks to classical music, pop songs to hymns.  Sometimes they’re connected by a theme or singer, sometimes it’s whatever pops into my head and sticks there.  This past month, the songs that have been stuck in my head all have to do with movie soundtracks, and I thought I’d share some of my favourites here.

1 – Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast (2017)

I watched the live-action Beauty and the Beast a little while back, and there were many things I loved about it, not least of which was the Be Our Guest scene, which was also my favourite scene from the animated version and which did not disappoint in the live-action.  The song itself is one of my favourite Disney songs, and I was on the edge of my seat as it played in the theatre.  Ewan McGregor and the other cast members did a great job on it, and I’ve been re-listening to it every day since I watched the movie over a month ago.  Fantastic song, fantastic performances 🙂

2 – We Know the Way – Moana (2016)

I finally watched Moana a couple weeks back, and wow, what an amazing movie!  Definitely one of the best movies Disney has ever made, in my opinion, and the music is beautiful.  One of the songs I really loved was We Know the Way, which was sung in the scene where Moana discovers her people’s heritage as voyagers, and the music just captivated me.

3 – I am Moana (Song of the Ancestors) – Moana (2016)

Another Moana song that I really loved.  It was a very beautiful scene that was well done, and I loved Auli’i Cravalho’s performance.  Myself, I see it as a song of confidence, of becoming sure of who you are and where you come from and where you’re going, and the way that it’s sung perfectly encapsulates the journey to and moment of discovery of who she is.  The composition and music is lovely, and the performance makes it perfect.

4 – Know Who You Are  – Moana (2016)

Yet another Moana song that really touched me when I heard it.  It’s very short, but it just perfectly captures the themes of the movie, and it’s a wonderful contrast to the climactic scene, very calm and soft in the middle of the action and drama.  The lyrics are simple but poignant, and once again, Auli’i Cravalho gives a stunning performance.

5 – Elephant Love Medley – Moulin Rouge (2001)

I haven’t watched Moulin Rouge yet, but I’ve heard good things about Ewan McGregor’s singing and so I thought I’d check out the soundtrack for this movie, and wow.  He and Nicole Kidman make a beautiful duet, and the medley is very nicely put together.  It’s a more recent addition to my internal soundtrack, but I’ve been singing bits of it constantly over the past week or so and I thought it warranted a mention.

And that’s my playlist for the month week!  It can probably be summed up as Moana, and Ewan McGregor damn that man can sing.  If you want to have a listen to these songs, they’re all readily available on YouTube.  Next week (probably) I’ll be back with more Songs of the Week, so until then, au revoir and good listening!

Another Adventure

Hello all!

Strangers from distant lands, friends of old, welcome!  This is AJ, formerly of thevalleyisjolly.tumblr.com.  I’m going to be on this blog for the foreseeable future thanks to some irreconcilable differences with the ol’ tumblr website, which is a little disappointing given the great experiences I’ve had there in the past and the fantastic people I’ve met, but c’est la vie.

This blog is going to be pretty different from my previous one, not just because WordPress functions differently, but I also want to take this is a more quasi-serious direction.  In terms of what that’s going to look like, it means a lot less reblogs and instead more original content posts.  Those will probably be longer and more thought out, so that means content such as writing updates, in-depth meta discussions of things I like, personal musings, and the like.  Posts will be more sporadic, given their length, but who knows how things will turn out?

I’m excited to see where this blog goes, it’s going to be quite different from what I’ve done in the past but I’m hopeful that it’ll be a good change, a new experience to get into.  Whether you’re an old friend or new, I hope you’ll enjoy this rather unexpected adventure too.  See you on the Road, friend!

AJ