Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I have been remiss in not recommending the excellent book Disney's Lost Chords sooner. Written by Disney artist and historian Russell Schroeder, this fine and unusual volume features the music and lyrics of many songs (77 to be exact) composed for but ultimately not used in Disney productions such as Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and many more. The book not only contains these fascinating compostions but some wonderful history on the creation of the songs and the films in which they were at one point intended to be heard. Also included is some great Disney art, much of it never seen before, and not the least of which is the piece used as the book's cover (seen at left): a marvelous Mary Blair artwork created for the program of a 1948 veteran's fundraising event. I love the whimsical Blair take on Minnie dancing on the piano, Jose Carioca (certainly a 1940s era star) on the trombone, and Pluto on the bass. (It's not often you see Blair art featuring Mickey and his pals.) This unique book and all its art for ear, eye and mind can be ordered via this website.