Monday, June 3, 2013

Music Monday: Summer is HERE!

Good afternoon, princes and princesses (I'm not sure how you all would like to be addressed - any suggestions?), and a happy Monday to you!

One things I'm particularly excited about on the blog is a fun feature called Music Monday! I think we all can agree that Disney music is some of the best in the world (not that I'm a little biased or anything), and it deserves to be celebrated! Disney soundtracks have undoubtedly had an enormous influence on my generation, so I think a weekly nod to the tunes we know and love (and can recite from memory) will be quite apropos! Also, the whole "weekly" thing will keep me accountable for regular posting, right?

Can you guys believe that it's already June?! School is out, temperatures are rising, and this Monstrous Summer is underway! It's felt like summer for quite a while down here in South Florida- our highs have been in the 90s for a couple of weeks-, but between Memorial Day barbecues and graduations, the atmosphere of the season is really starting to set in. My favorite way to get into that free and breezy summertime state of mind is to make a playlist that I can listen  to anywhere; whether I'm headed to work, the mall, or the Magic Kingdom (hey- I can dream!), singing along with some upbeat Disney ditties is sure to lift my sprits up, up, and away! In the spirit of such car-ride compilations, I've gathered 5 of my favorite summertime songs- perfect for sing-alongs!

1) "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride", Lilo & Stitch 

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Okay, full disclosure: I loathe really don't like the beach. I know, I know- that's nearly blasphemy for a girl who grew up a mere 15-minutes from one of the most beautiful shores in the country. I'm not sure why I have such a distaste for it (I blame it on watching too many Crocodile Hunter specials as a child), but if I were surfing with Lilo, Nani, and David, I would brave the waters in a heartbeat! When this song comes on, I can almost smell the salty air and feel the sea-breeze whipping my hair. If you're a beach bum without a sandy retreat in sight, you can be there in spirit with Lilo and Stitch!

2)  "Hakuna Matata", The Lion King

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As a kid, the best thing about summer is the lack of a schedule (well, that and the pool parties and the ice cream and- oh, you get the picture). No school meant no homework, and no homework meant more time to play with friends and splash around in the sprinkler! Now that I'm grown-up (only on the outside), I don't have quite as much time to myself in the summer as I used to, but Timon and Pumbaa totally take me back to the long summer days of my youth and  remind me not to take life too seriously. Besides, it's the perfect motto... what's a motto?! I dunno- what's a motto with you?

3) "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah", Song of the South

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How could you walk around on a gorgeous summer day without this song jumping right out of your mouth?! I know that this tune is the first to pop into my head when I take a stroll on a sunny day! If you've got Disney Parks on your mind, you can also find Brer Rabbit and his gang singing Zip-a-Dee-ay on Splash Mountain (which happens to be a great place to cool off during those brutal August days). 

4) "The Bare Necessities", The Jungle Book

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When it comes to the summertime attitude, Baloo's got it down pat. Similar to Hakuna Matata, Mowgli's papa bear provides a worry-free philosophy, but he also reminds us that we don't need much to have a great time- just the "bare necessities". Sure, it can be difficult to have a blowout summer when your pocketbook is a little bit lacking (I'm looking at you, fellow college-kids), but Baloo's on to something! As long as you've got a few friends and a little imagination, the possibilities are endless!

5) "Under the Sea", The Little Mermaid

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Really, this song requires no explanation. Instructions: Play song, jump in the pool, pretend you are Ariel. Repeat. 

What Disney songs are your go-to summer jams? Leave your favorites in the comments below! 

Have a Magical Monday!

- Becca :)

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