The Ten Best Disney Princess Songs


A friend of mine on Facebook recently posted that he found himself downloading princess songs, and that he never thought he'd find himself doing something like that. As the father of two girls I have also gone through the princess phase, and his post made me realize that there are in fact a lot of really good songs associated with "princess movies". It also made me realize that I know just about all of them by heart.

So here's a list for you Dads of daughters that are just starting to love princesses. And like I commented back to my friend on Facebook, enjoy it now because by the time you realize how awesome it is, it's almost over.

[A quick note about the list: This list is of Disney princess songs. While I'm sure I'm probably missing a princess with a song not related to a Disney movie, none came to mind.]

10. "Some Day My Prince Will Come" - Snow White
I wanted to leave this one off of the list because the sentiment is pretty much the exact opposite what you want to teach your young girls. But it's a classic that just about everyone in the US can sing part of (or at least hum), so I'm just going to ignore the obvious and remember that the movie came out in 1937 when the world was a very different place.

9. "Something There" - Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast is really more like a Broadway musical than a movie, and this song is one of the best. But the best part isn't even in the soundtrack recording. It's at the very end of the song when Chip says "What's there, Mama?" My kids say it every time they hear it.

8. "Just Around The River Bend" - Pocahontas"
Colors of the Wind" is also a good song, but the best of the bunch is the song that explains who Pocahontas is. She's kind of an under-appreciated Disney princess, but this is a great song. It's also put to great use in the new World of Color show at Disneyland's California Adventure theme park.

7. "A Whole New World" - Aladdin
This princess song duet is probably sung more by Aladdin than princess Jasmine, but it's a great song from a great movie. It also is my go-to song to sing to my girls when I really want to embarrass them.

6. "I'm Wishing / One Song" - Snow White
This is the best from Snow White, if only for the incredibly odd transition when the Prince comes in at 1:30 with, "TODAY!!" It's still a really well written song, and feels like a time machine when you hear it.

5. "So This Is Love" - Cinderella
Cinderella is the first princess my oldest daughter really fell in love with. And every time I hear this song all I can think of is her watching it, glued to the television and saying afterwards, "It's so beautiful!"

4. "Almost There" - The Princess and the Frog
This song is the exact opposite of "Someday My Prince WIll Come" for all the right reasons. It's not a ballad, but like many of the others in this list it defines who the character of Tiana is. She's a young woman who is working hard to find happiness in her life. But she's going to get it through her own hard work and on her own terms, not from some prince who is going to give it to her. Princesses, welcome to the 21st century.

3. "Part of Your World" - The Little Mermaid
This song is the best modern (post Sleeping Beauty) princess song there is, and it might be the best Disney song in the modern age.  It's superbly performed, superbly written (both music and lyric) and holds up to any of the classic Disney song masterpieces.

2. "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" - Cinderella
The classic Disney princess song from the classic Disney princess movie. On other lists this song would likely be at the top, and it's not hard to understand why. It's so pervasive, that in the Disneyland Hotel the guest rooms have the opening line on the throw pillows on the beds, and the song plays in music box fashion in the nightstand to twinkle lights in the headboard.

1. "Once Upon A Dream" - Sleeping Beauty
This is in my opinion the best princess song there is. The lyric was written by Jack Lawrence based on a melody from Tschaikovsky. As the story goes, Walt Disney had scrapped the score for Sleeping Beauty that Sammy Fain and Jack Lawrence had been working on and just wanted a song based on Tschaikovsky's melody. The music is of course eternal, but the lyric is near perfect.

"But if I know you / I know what you'll do. / You'll love me at once / The way you did once / Upon A Dream."

 You can't turn a phrase much better than that.

CES 2011 - All the Great Stuff for Men


CES was way over a month ago, but I just wanted to point your way to my final posts on the subject that are up now on the man/father super blog Man of the House. Here's the breakdown of everything I saw that was great for men and fathers:

CES 2011: Best New Gear of the Year - Most Useful - The Road Torq from Eton saves your bacon when you've got a flat tire

CES 2011: Best New Gear of the Year - Coolest Toy - The AR Drone iPod-controlled remote control helicopter.

CES 2011: Best New Gear of the Year - Best Television - The Samsung 8000 Series LED Television

CES 2011: Best New Gear of the Year - Most Innovative - The Razer Switchblade

CES 2011: Best of CES for Guys - And these are the "honorable mentions" of the things I saw at CES that were great, specifically for guys.

Recreating Joy Division Through Playmobil


I knew there was a reason I "Liked" Joy Division on Facebook. Apparently someone took the audio and (visual cues) from a live television performance of one of my favorite bands, Joy Division, and recreated it with stop motion animation using Playmobil toys.

But which toys? Although there isn't a "Joy Division on BBC 2" Playmobil set, the person who made the video cobbled it together from multiple sets. Here's what I could find...

I'm not sure about the figures he used, but he definitely used the guitars from this decidedly heavy metal "Guitar Player" (Playmobil 4512) and the drum sets from both the new and old versions of "Circus Band" (Playmobil 3723 and 4231). He also used the television cameras (and microphone I'm assuming) from this discontinued set "Studio Crew" (Playmobil 3531).

If there was ever any doubt in the awesomeness of Playmobil, then this should settle it I think.

(Yeah, I said "awesomeness".) 

Apple TV vs. Roku: Get Started With Internet TV | Review of Internet Television Boxes & Options | Man of the House

It's not exactly a bold prediction to state that in a few years much of the stuff you watch on TV will arrive to your TV via the Internet. With services like Netflix, Hulu and iTunes you can already watch most of your favorite shows and movies courtesy of your Internet connection, so what's the best way to start to adopt some of this new technology without spending an arm and a leg?


My latest post on Man of the House is my breakdown of AppleTV vs. Roku. If you're interested in bringing the Internet to your TV, it's my opinion that they are the only two devices worth looking at.

Oh, and they split it up between three different pages, so if you're interested make sure to click through to each page...

Modern Day Dad At CES 2010. Oh. And Lady Gaga Too.


Well, I did the quick calculation this morning, and this is officially the 7th CES I've been to, and while some were fun (the first few) and some were really underwhelming (last year), this year's is proving to be a little better, if only for the fact that I pretty much kicked it off by going to a Lady Gaga press conference at the Polaroid Booth.

You see, she's now a Creative Director at Polaroid for a special line of New Imaging Products or something. In the conference she made it very clear (while she tried her best to hide her face with her bizarre hair-hat), that this wasn't a typical endorsement deal, and that she and "The Haus of Gaga" (I couldn't make that up if I tried) were going to be very involved with new products.

Hey, that's great I suppose, and I know that Polaroid who haven't had anything exciting going on with them in about, oh, twenty years or so, are probably thrilled with the association. But all that stuck out to me during the whole thing was, there's a guy who works for Polaroid, one of the last great brands in photography, up on a platform saying "Lady Gaga" as if it were the most normal thing anyone ever uttered. Maybe I'm old or something, but it was kind of funny to me.

So anyway, if you're interested in my posts about stuff I'm seeing at CES this year, check out my posts over at's product blog, Droolicious.

Morrissey's New Dad Pose


Can someone tell me what exactly is going on with the album art to Morrissey's new album, Years of Refusal? As a childhood devotee of the Smiths (and fan of Morrissey's solo work), the idea of him with a baby is at worst weird and at best kind of funny. And while this was pretty much my initial reaction to the actual image, it got me thinking about whether or not there was some deeper meaning to the whole thing.

Stereogum had a butterfly/caterpillar theory to it (revolving around the apparent jeweled butterfly and "caterpillar" on the baby's head and Morrissey's arm respectively) that was kind of crazy. Mark Beumont at the Guardian's music blog had a fairly well thought-out post about it too.

But I guess what it really comes down to is, "Who the hell knows?" The kid is undoubtedly cute (jeweled butterfly on the forehead and all) and though some might call Morrissey's pose "defiant" I would probably use the word "uncomfortable."

Actually, "defiantly uncomfortable" might just be the best way to describe Morrissey's work yet.

Jack's Big Music Show CD.

Jbms_cdOK. September's almost over and was mid-August the last time I posted. If you still check in on this blog from time to time, thanks. I know I've been neglecting it. (And thanks especially to everyone who's emailed me with stuff to post that I haven't responded to yet - thanks especially to you.)

Now that's out of the way, I kind of feel I have to mention that today the new Jack's Big Music Show CD was released. After finally finding it in a store (my local Borders - seriously, where do people buy CDs these days?) we came home and waited until the modern day mom came home to test it out.

The result? Success. Kind of. My two year old knows almost all of the words to the songs, but was kind of annoyed that there wasn't any video to watch with it. She still danced and sang, but reminded us between each song that it wasn't on the TV and we needed to listen for the next song.

While I definitely recommend it, my only criticism is that while it's got a good mix of music from season one, it could have more of the songs they actually play in the clubhouse (not just the music videos). And where is Cathy? The most frequent clubhouse visitor got stone-cold snubbed.

Get Jack's Big Music Show Season One CD from for $11.97.

Further evidence of Laurie Berkner world domination.

LauriedevotionSo the other day I was browsing the Top Sellers DVD list on Amazon (looking for Neflix ideas) and I noticed something that stuck out like a sore thumb. Right there, just after 24 - Season Three and right before Syriana Widescreen Edition at number 49 was We are... The Laurie Berkner Band.

Seriously? More people are buying that than Munich, Capote or the first season of Lost? Well, good for the LBB I suppose, but I hope somewhere Moose A. Moose is getting his ass kissed.

Buy We are... The Laurie Berkner Band for $10.99 at

(And yes, before someone comments, I know I've put up a bunch of links to Amazon in this post, all of which will make me a very small commission if someone clicks and buys. And whether I put this disclaimer in or not I still think it's a perfectly OK thing to do. So click and buy away!)

(And no, that's not my kid in the picture.)

Preschool of Rock

A friend of mine sent this article to me a week or so ago, and I have to admit it hit home with me. Getting your child to like the music you like (or maybe the music you think is worth listening to, or really the music you want them to like) is no easy task. The author's scheme is a daily "music hour" with his kid to introduce him to decent kid's music, and slowly incorporate the music he likes - which sounds like a pretty good idea.

And his description of Dan Zanes is right on the money.

Preschool of Rock [NY Times Sunday Magazine re-posted at Doug Henwood Talks - thanks Brian.]

Q. Are we not dads?

In some sort of perfect glitch-in-the-matrix synchronization of my life, it seems that Devo is reforming and releasing a kid's album. "Devo 2.0" will be released in March, not only with revamped versions of songs like "Whip It!" but also two brand new songs. Oh, and there's a DVD too.

If Pavement re-forms and makes an appearance on Jack's Big Music Show, I'd appreciate it if someone woke me up and got me out of my pod.

Devo whips up classic tracks for kids
[Reuters via Matt - thanks!]

Endtroducing the Minnetonka High Percussion Ensemble.

Damn this is cool. Brian Udelhofen, a teacher at a Minneapolis high school arranged and then taught his after-school percussion group to play two songs off of DJ Shadow's Endtroducing ("Building Steam with a Grain of Salt" and "Changeling"). The kids had to spend an unbelievable amount of time rehearsing because it's perfect - with live drums that sound like drum loop edits and everything. Someone should give this teacher a raise or a grant or something.

Check out the video here (direct download link - 67MB wmv).

School band play "Endtroducing" with real instruments [Music Thing via] 

Funkey Monkeys.

Joshua Sitron is the guy who composed the theme song, travel song and some of the other music for Dora the Explorer. It's a pretty good claim to fame if you ask me, and even though (almost) no one knows his name, kids and parents are singing his songs every day all over the country.

He emailed me the other day with a link to his new project, Funkey Monkeys. It's kind of a band/performance art thing for kids, that he describes as Seinfeld meets the Wiggles. I might describe it as Freaky Monkeys. Not freaky in a bad way, but freaky like a video of Monkey Josh and a woman singing a lullaby to a grown man in a baby outfit - "Giant Baby". My favorite thing is the radio player at the top of the site that plays an ongoing stream of his music - something good to listen to with Madame while I'm blogging. I'm starting to figure out that the trick to kids' music is that the weirder it is, the less it annoys me and the more I enjoy it. And Funkey Monkeys doesn't disappoint.

Oh, and he posted a comment in my post about the song La Cucaracha the other day, confirming that the marijuana reference in the song was indeed the reason Boots and Dora will never sing it. The Backpack however I don't think he can speak for.

Crawling to the oldies.

I mentioned a few weeks ago how puzzled I am about kid's music, and thankfully lots of people left comments with suggestions. I'm still trying out all kinds of stuff, but one thing I figured out was she loves the oldies. Actually my Dad figured it out - he was listening to the oldies station when we were visiting, and Madame immediately started shaking her rump. I'm not really a big fan of the oldies personally, but it's definitely closer to what I like than Raffi.

Then I read in Ideashak how his little girl loves Brian Wilson's Smile and the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, and a light bulb went off. What I need to do is find the oldies that I like (and that I already have) and make a play list for Madame. I'm happy to report it's working like a charm. Especially Smile - as soon as it comes on she starts singing along, which is pretty much the cutest thing ever.

Smile by Brian Wilson. $14.99 at
Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. $9.99 at

Kid's music mystery.

Before I had a baby I thought I'd basically still get to enjoy the things I like, only with a baby in tow. I especially figured the baby would be super hip, listening to all the music I enjoy and eschewing what I perceived to be annoying and often insipid kid's music. I definitely have a baby that likes music, but as it turns out, it's kid's music that she loves.

I don't know why - it's so much of a mystery to me I can't even bullshit a reason for it (and believe me, I'm pretty good at talking out of my ass). She'll listen to the music that I like, but it's "The Bear Went Over The Mountain" coming out of her activity table that she rocks her little butt to. I even broke down and played one of the children's CDs we got for a shower gift the other day, and sure enough, she loved it.

I've spoken with other people who have had similar experiences, but I'd love to hear from someone who's got a legitimate explanation as to why those kids songs work so well. I know simple melodies and sweet voices work, but how come it's not bad-ass guitar and dope beats?

Also, suggestions for kid's CDs that don't suck are also greatly appreciated.

Hey Cucaracha. Wanna get high?

In my post the other day about the activity table I bought for Madame, I mentioned "La Cucaracha" and linked to the lyrics on El At the time I didn't notice, but last night I saw that the last line of the first verse is, "Marijuana que fumar."

Say what now? Is that right or is someone over at El busting my gringo huevos? Apparently not only is it correct, but the Mexican folk song that kids all over the US learn, the song that made it's way onto my kid's Fisher Price learning table, is about a cockroach who can't go on a trip because he's fresh out of pot, weed, kind-bud, chronic, or whatever else the kids are calling it these days. I had my wife ask her Mexican-American coworker about it who said that yes, the song was about getting high, but they didn't teach it to school kids in Mexico like they do here. Maybe that's why I've never heard Dora sing it.

Here's the lyric (as translated by "Cecil Adams" of the Straight Dope):

   La cucaracha, la cucaracha
   Ya no puede caminar
   Porque no tiene, porque le falta
   Marijuana que fumar. 

   (The cockroach, the cockroach
   Now he can't go traveling
   Because he doesn't have, because he lacks
   Marijuana to smoke.)

La Cucaracha lyrics [El]
What are the words to "La Cucaracha"? [The Straight] A very good, detailed explanation of this weird "Spanish equivalent to Yankee Doodle."