Main Street, U.S.A. Area Music [2012]


eyore

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Dean Mora Day at Disneyland!
Monday, January 9, 2012

Maxwell DeMille invites you to DEAN MORA DAY at Disneyland. At noon let's meet at the flagpole on Main Street to enjoy the debut of Dean Mora's Music at Disneyland, USA! The tired old recorded music of Main Street will be replaced by Dean Mora's fresh new "old time" music!

From Dean Mora:
"Okay, the truth can now be told: Last spring I was contacted by the folks at Disney Imagineering to record a new music loop for Disneyland's Main Street, to replace the old one that had been playing at the Park for some 20 years.

So during the summer I helped to select the new lineup of songs to be recorded -- we kept about half of the previous song list, and added new "old" songs (including Maple Leaf Rag and Alexander's Ragtime Band) as well as the "Married Life" tune from the movie "UP".

For the arrangements, I used a good number of period arrangements, in addition to my own arrangements (as well as a handful of charts from trombonist Jim McMillen). We recorded all the tracks at Capitol Studios back in September, and now I can say with a good degree of certainty that the new music loop will start playing at the Park beginning Monday morning, January 9th.

Thanks to all the musicians who helped make this project possible, as well as the production staff at Disney Imagineering. We hope you all enjoy our music at the Park for many years to come."

Vintage attire optional!

See you at Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom.
All the best,
Maxwell DeMille
I don't seem to have heard about this (maybe I missed it).
Are they really replacing the Main Street USA loops?
 

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I heard about this as well. The 1992 loop has really grown on me; I can't imagine how different it will feel with the new loop in place (though I was already a bit miffed by their removal of the "Summer Magic Medley" a couple of years ago.)
 

eyore

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A while ago I wrote to the Paragon (asking if they were the artists on some unknown tracks - which they weren't) and they did tell me they were in discussions with Disney to record a new loop for Main Street (didn't say which park though).
Looks like that fell through then. Shame.
The sound of Main Street is so iconic, I hope the new one retains the same sounds we have become accustomed to. Fingers crossed.
 
Trying to arrange a trip to Disneyland, so will push it beyond that date just to hear the new music. Here's hoping it will have the right feel, though I'm pretty sure my brain will implode when hearing it.

Not that it's bad. Or out of place. Just that it's different, for the first time in a LONG time.
 

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I suppose on the one hand it's hard for me to seriously complain about not just the instillation of a new loop but the actual time, money and effort going into recording an entire new loop from scratch. When was the last time that happened? Well, the answer is Toy Story Midway Mania, which wasn't really all that exciting. One could argue the fact that Disneyland is getting an entirely new hour of music, as opposed to some PRO tracks mixed in with stuff recorded for Disneyland Paris, is nothing but a good thing. Disney hasn't really been serious about recording their own music loops since '82 EPCOT Center. Having a newly recorded loop will also help to differentiate Disneyland from the DCA, which has pretty much cleaned out the standard repertoire of needledrop ragtime music between Paradise Pier, Paradise Park, Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and the new main entrance loop. The idea that Disney is actually investing in new music certainly says good things about the quality of the park's music going forward.

On the other hand, I rather have to agree that I will miss the old loop, which has been around nearly my entire life and certainly through my entire memory of Disneyland. Some pretty good recordings of it exist so I guess we'll have those to remember it by, but the joy in it wasn't in just listening to it but in listening to it in context- hearing those strains has been an indelible part of walking down Main Street USA for a long time. But that loop has been around for 20 years, and perhaps it was time to move on.

Of course, this also gives us a new loop to thirst after- albeit there will be nothing to identify since the loop will be all original. I'd probably go down to hear it/record it as soon as it premiered but ironically I'll be at WDW continuing to enjoy the old loop (well that and the Xmas loop until they switch it over).

In terms of needledrop loop, we'll still have the Plaza Inn as well as several different loops that play within the shops on Main Street. We'll also have to see what, if anything, the Holly Jolly Bakery has to offer music-wise.
 

eyore

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At least it sounds as though they are keeping the "feel" of the music (as it seems they are re-recording some of the existing music).
Main street music is SO iconic, it could make such a difference if they get it wrong.
 
They did say they were keeping half of the previous song list, guys...
 
The way it's phrased, it sounds like they're keeping half of the song selections, but have entirely new arrangements for all.
 

eyore

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That, of course, is the worry!
New arrangements could mean anything. I do hope they keep the feel of the loop and don't try and make it more modern.
 

eyore

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Must say, doesn't quite have the same pazazz as he old one for me (sounds a little more formal) but I dare say I could get used to it.
I suppose if it was an exact copy it wouldn't have needed changing.
As I said in an earlier post, the PRO did tell me they were in talks with Disney about the Main Street loop and were anticipating doing some new numbers for it. Maybe the talks went badly and they pulled out (or Disney didn't renew the contract)?

Still, should be an easy playlist :lol:
 

eyore

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Hmmm, after listening through the loop a few times, I'm getting to like it.
A little more muted than the previous one but not bad.
 

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It's definitely less energetic. But I think that works well in the context of DL's tranquil small town Main Street.

I'm not sure if it would fit as well into WDW's and especially DLP's Main Street.
 

eyore

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I think they are slowing the tempo to get guests to walk slower and maybe enter the stores. I know that at DLRP, I still tend to bypass everything to the beat of the music and only visit on the way out.
I still prefer DLRPs loop and the changes in 2005 (somewhere around then anyway) didn't spoil it so maybe they will keep it for a while unless, of course, their contract with PRO is ending.............
 
I really do like this new loop. I am grateful that a lot of my favorite songs and arrangements are kept, including the "Old Timer's Waltz Medley." It just isn't Main Street, USA without it, in my honest opinion. And me being a Broadway fanatic as well, I am also glad that they kept that song from the Music Man, all three songs from Hello Dolly, and those two songs from Oklahoma in the loop as well, and I also like how they took them out of the medleys and put them in as individual songs. However, I have a couple of minor reservations; Two of my favorite songs, "Flitterin'" and "Beautiful Beulah" have been left off, and I'm a little heartbroken. However, they did manage to make up for it by keeping "Fortuosity."

Latching on to DavidG's comment, I think that all of the Main Streets in all the parks should have their own different area music loop so they can tell each other's apart. I think that this loop serves the more intimate feel of the DL Main Street better, and the Orlando loop is fitting of the "broader" Main Street with lots of excitement, and a bigger area, for some odd reason. Paris has a more quasi-European flair to it, hence the more ornate orchestrations and songs like "Goodbye Broadway, Hello France." The one in Tokyo has Albert White mixed with Randy Newman mixed with Scott Joplin, and that has NONE of the songs that either Paris, Orlando, OR Anaheim have. So, I'm kind of glad that the loop in Disneyland is new, so it is not EXACTLY THE SAME as the current Orlando loop, which it has been for quite some time.
 

needmagic

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It would be interesting to see if this new loop was adopted by DLP and if so would they ditch the am and pm loops or create new versions?
 

eyore

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Hoping for more projects eh? :p
DLRP have only been running their present Main Street loops for around 6 years, so they actually changed theirs first! (WDW last changed back in '92, I think).
I'm still wondering if the contracts/licenses have run/are running out and not being renewed. If that's the case, maybe all the parks will have to change.
This year would have been a good time to bring in new loops I suppose, being the 20th year since they opened.
We'll soon see anyway ;)
 

needmagic

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Oh dear ... Another reason to use the Shareholders Card!
 
Just back from a trip to Disneyland and i honestly find then new music less "fun" I think ive grown so accustomed to the previous Paragon Orchestra music on main street that it seemed out of place to me... kinda like changing the entire soundtrack to a ride. I found the tempo and inclusion of it's a long way to tipperary very dreary. The upbeat rags that use to play have become a staple main street soundtracks. I used to hum along. What they should have done was added to the mix. I found By the Light of The Silvery moon a GREAT inclusion.
 

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