The Artist: Motion City Soundtrack
The Song: "Everything is Alright"
Where you heard it first: Remember the store Hollister? This used to play in the store when I shopped there in college and I remember the first time I heard it, I thought it was great. It wasn't until my sister told me about the band Motion City Soundtrack (and their kick-butt album Commit This To Memory) that I discovered how awesome all their albums were. Throughout college, they were one of my favorite bands and I still love them.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: This song came on my iPod yesterday while I was driving around and I realized that even though it had been years since I heard the song, I still remembered every single lyric.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: Motion City Soundtrack is an amazing band that perfectly demonstrates alternative pop-rock, and that's one of my favorite musical genres. Give this band a listen! I promise you'll enjoy it.
-- Kelly Lee
It’s Patriot’s Day here in America, and we’d like to take a moment to remember those who lost their lives 14 years ago in the 9/11 attacks. We will never forget.
Let’s go back to: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air premiered 25 years ago today. It lasted for six seasons and helped launch Will Smith into super stardom.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: Because the show is amazing. It was on when we were young and continued throughout our lives in reruns. And who doesn't know the iconic theme song?
Where can you find it now?: You can still find reruns on MTV, BET, and Nick@Nite.
The Performer: Kyle Jean-Baptiste
The Song: "Bring Him Home" from Les Misérables
The YouTube Link:
This is a special Music Monday to honor the tragic loss of Kyle Jean-Baptiste. He was the first African American and the youngest performer to portray Jean Valjean on Broadway. This is his fantastic version of "Bring Him Home." Rest in peace.
Happy #ForceFriday everyone! Check out deals on all kinds of new Star Wars toys online at DisneyStore.com, Amazon, Target, and at your local Disney Store. If you’re in Anaheim, California or Orlando, Florida, make sure to cruise down to Downtown Disney for even more great #ForceFriday stuff!
Let’s go back to: Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade
To those of us who were Disneyland regulars, the parade was simply known as The Electrical Parade and for those 80s and 90s kids, it's not just a parade, it's a part of our childhood. Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade debuted on June 17, 1972 and ran until November 25, 1996. On July 3, 2001, the parade made a triumphant return to Disney's California Adventure park where it ran for nine more years until April 18, 2010. In between that time, the parade found temporary homes at Tokyo Disney and the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida where it is still currently running. The parade is made up of floats and costumes that are covered in thousands of electronically controlled lights and, most recognizably, a soundtrack unlike any other.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: The Main Street Electrical Parade is so much more than just a nighttime show for us. It's a part of our childhood, a reminder of the nights we spent at Disneyland with our parents. For me, it's a reminder of the times my mom and dad used to bring my big sister and I to the park together and as a child whose parents divorced by the time I was 5, this parade reminds me of times where my family enjoyed the parade all together. Just hearing the iconic music can bring all of us back to a simpler time when all we wanted was a wave from our favorite Disney character and to watch the parade maybe one more time. Saying goodbye to it back in 2001 was one of the saddest things for Disneyland lovers. I was even there for the very last run at 11:30 PM on April 18, 2010. A lot of Disney lovers had hoped that Disneyland would bring back the beloved parade for the 60th anniversary, but on May 22, 2015, they premiered an equally spectacular Paint the Night Parade which originated at Disneyland Hong Kong. You know from our previous posts that we are both huge fans of the new parade, but it will never replace Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade in our hearts.
Where can you find it now?: The Electrical Parade can still be seen in the Magic Kingdom at 9:00 PM each night, but if you don't want to travel all the way to Orlando, you'll have to relive it through YouTube videos like the one right here. You can also check out its successor, the Paint the Night Parade which runs every night at Disneyland at 8:50 PM and 10:45 PM as a part of Disneyland's 60th Diamond Anniversary.
-- Kelly Lee