As long as there’s Christmas, there will be music to warm hearts and make everyone, young and old, want to sing and dance together – like the music playing right now for Disney’s Enchanted Christmas at Disneyland Paris.From old classics to the latest hits, quieter songs to festive favourites, there is something to suit all styles and tastes.We met up with the musicians who create this festive spirit so that we are even more in tune with what is going on!
As long as there’s Christmas, there will be music to warm hearts and make everyone, young and old, want to sing and dance together – like the music playing right now for Disney’s Enchanted Christmas at Disneyland Paris. From old classics to the latest hits, quieter songs to festive favourites, there is something to suit all styles and tastes. We met up with the musicians who create this festive spirit so that we are even more in tune with what is going on!
A FESTIVE PLAYLIST
The focus is on another generation of classics in Sing Me a Merry Christmas! on Production Courtyard. Sing along to classics such as Jingle Bells and Santa Claus is coming to Town –which have been completely modernised for this show– as well as the more recent tracks, Extraordinary Merry Christmas from the hit TV series Glee, and All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey, in arrangements organised just for this occasion.
It was Doru Apreotesei, who has worked with Disneyland Paris for many years, who was the instrumental arranger for Chante, c’est Noël. We recorded the orchestra in Stockholm, Sweden, to revamp this song by incorporating a very pop style, in the spirit of Abba,” explains Vasile Sirli. Meanwhile, the vocal arrangement was the work of Manu Vince and his vocal team, whose groove and personality we already saw during the recording of the 25th Anniversary Parade song. We wanted tracks known to the general public, so that our guests could sing them and dance with us, but we also wanted to give them a new look with new harmonies.”
Another new feature, for those with less rhythm, is the Christmas is Here song for Disney Christmas Parade. It was at the end of last summer that Vasile Sirli asked Scott Erickson to write this song. Scott is an old friend at Disneyland Paris, where he started by assisting with the Disney Classics Parade (1998-2003), before moving on to compose the music for Mickey’s Magical Party Time in 2009. He also wrote Everyday’s a Celebration, the 25th Anniversary song, which is still fresh in everyone’s mind.
This Christmas, he wanted to make the traditional Christmas Parade songs stand out with the words focusing on decorations and gifts. “I had been working on this song for several days when I thought it was time for more. I wanted to convey the importance of getting together, being together and celebrating in a spirit of peace and togetherness. This is ultimately a very Disney theme, a sort of mix between the Christmas classic Let There be Peace on Earth and It’s a Small World.”
These are timeless values that the composer wanted to express musically by combining a large traditional orchestra, backed by brass instruments, with more current beats. To achieve this, he turned to some of the great names in pop, such as the guitarist Tim Pierce, the bass guitarist Leland Sklar, and the drummer Charlie Morgan, known for their work with stars like Elton John, Phil Collins and Toto. From Los Angeles to Budapest, Christmas is Here has brought together an impressive array of artists around values that everyone delights in.