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The Lion King holds a special place in my heart. While it ranks in my top five favorite Disney movies of all times, the soundtrack is one of the more special soundtracks from the entire Disney catalog. This is because this soundtrack shapes some of the most memorable times that my sister Jessica and I shared back when it came out. Whenever a new Disney movie was released in theaters our entire family waited with bated breath until it hit VHS because then our dad would purchase it on the release day, and we’d sit and marvel over the animation for DAYS – even months on end. We always spotted something new in The Lion King, and to this day, I’ll watch and find something else that I have never seen before.
I’m not sure what drove our deep love of the score for the Lion King, but I’m pretty sure at that point in time, Jason Weaver had a LOT to do with it. He was at the height of his career, and he was cute to boot. Now, I can appreciate the magnificent swells in music, and the simplistic yet deep lyrics that ride the notes. Elton John ain’t too shabby either. Let’s not even mention the various emotions that you experience when you attach each song to its point in the movie. When Mufasa is killed by Scar, and Simba feels all alone. The soundtrack transports me right back to those weekday afternoons with my sister, when we pushed the VHS tape into the VCR (yes kids, we had a VCR) and recited every single line from start to finish. It was a tradition of ours. It was a bonding ritual. I miss it.
To this day, I still get all happy when Circle of Life bursts from my speakers. The cry from the beginning of the song, to the chant that repeats over and over again. Jason Weaver singing I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, and who can forget Jeremy Irons and Be Prepared? Then, there’s Hakuna Matata – it means no worries, for the rest of your days. Seriously, I don’t think that a song should be something that you lean on during times of grief or stress, but that one was it for me. Amazing how music heals and soothes, and brings back such fantastic memories.
This is why I’m happy to have these special Legacy Collection CDs of The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and Sleeping Beauty to listen to while running errands, or during down time with the kidlets. The music is fun to dance to, and I get to introduce them to songs that were created years before they were born, and they still love it. I mean, with a release 20 years ago, it still feels like I’m a 14-year-old who is way excited about a cartoon, and not caring. Just being able to listen to the words flow in my office makes me geek out! I’m even excited to be giving away all three on the blog!
If that isn’t exciting enough, 2015 will also see the releases of some very awesome Disney Soundtracks, including Toy Story! The schedule of release is as follows:
The Legacy Collection 2014:
The Lion King 20th 6/24/14
Mary Poppins 50th 8/26/14
Sleeping Beauty 55th 10/7/14
The Little Mermaid 25th 11/17/14
The Legacy Collection 2015:
Fantasia 75th 1/3/15
Pinocchio 75th 2/3/15
Toy Story 20th 3/17/15
Disneyland 60th 4/7/15
Lady and the Tramp 60th 5/12/15
Pocahontas 20th 6/23/15
Aristocats 45th 8/14/15*
Cinderella 65th 8/14/15*
So now, I bet you want to know how to enter? Just click the rafflecopter and enter away! Good luck. Giveaway closes on October 21st, at midnight.
If it comes to this blogger’s attention that the winner of this giveaway has won on an additional blog for this same prize, this blog reserves the right to choose another winner.