Episode 083 – Laura Dickinson, Part 2

Laura DickinsonIn this episode we conclude our new 2-part interview with Laura Dickinson. In the last episode we talked more about her work on Sofia the First and Phineas & Ferb, performing in the theme parks, and started talking about her album, One for My Baby: To Frank Sinatra with Love. I really enjoyed it, and I hope you did, too. By the way, I’ve been playing that CD in my car since the last episode, and I have to tell you, I love it!

 

In this episode Laura talks about:

  • Leaving songs out of the album, and how she was able to add two unexpected ones;
  • Her favorite song on the album;
  • The two songs that most showcase her vocally;
  • What the release party on December 15 was like;
  • Why she won’t be playing at the club where the release party was again;
  • The East Coast launch she’s got coming up—the vinyl release party;
  • A funny story about The Rainbow Connection;
  • How you can get an autographed copy of her CD directly from her;
  • Finally understanding the appeal of music released on vinyl;
  • Teaching herself clarinet;
  • Vybration going to schools and teaching them about a capella;
  • Performing with Voasis;
  • A bit more about Vybration, aka Groove 66, including an exclusive announcement and the best thing about shows they put together themselves;
  • Doing an episode of The 7 D and Penn Zero: Part Time Hero, and a new Priceline commercial;
  • What inspires her;
  • Her advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

 

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Episode 082 – Laura Dickinson, Part 1

Laura DickinsonIn this episode, we again welcome a returning guest, as we begin a new 2-part interview with Laura Dickinson. Hopefully you recognize her name, but even if you don’t, you’ve heard and enjoyed her voice if you’ve watched Phineas and Ferb, Sofia the First, and other shows, or if you were a fan of Groove 66 at Disney California Adventure. In the 2-1/2 years since we first talked, Laura’s been quite busy with a number of projects that will be of interest to Disney fans, and music fans.

 

In this episode Laura talks about:

  • Whether working on Sofia the First still makes her “cry tears of joy”;
  • How working on Sofia is different than working on Phineas and Ferb;
  • Which she likes better and why;
  • The Sofia the First spinoff, and how her role is changing on that series;
  • Favorite things she’s done on Sofia;
  • The end of Phineas and Ferb for her—which included belting the highest note she’s ever sung on TV;
  • The challenges of theme park performing;
  • “Mickey’s Detective School”;
  • Live musicians in the Disney parks;
  • Preparing for and caring for her voice in harsh singing conditions;
  • Other challenging performances;
  • Working on Pitch Perfect and on its sequel;
  • Why she recorded One for My Baby, and what it was originally going to be instead;
  • A peek into the process of making the album;
  • Jazz and a capella both taking off right now, and the role she’s playing in it;
  • Her favorite big bands from the classic years;
  • How she chose which songs and which arrangements were going to go on the album;
  • How arranging works and what it’s like.

 

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Episode 081 – Russell Flores, Part 2

Russ FloresIn this episode, we conclude our 2-part interview with Russell Flores, the author of Seen Unseen Disneyland. In part 1, we talked about where his love for Disneyland came from and how it’s been fostered and nurtured, where the idea for his book came from and more about the book itself, as well as the development of it, and more.

 

In this episode Russ talks about:

  • More about the proofing process for the book;
  • What it was like holding the bound copy of the book for the first time;
  • The differences in some types of relationships with publishers;
  • Proofing woes and second editions;
  • The most surprising things he found while researching for the book;
  • What’s currently got him stumped;
  • A detail he knows exists, but he hasn’t been able to see yet;
  • How he got the picture of the Haunted Mansion’s organist;
  • Plans for his second book;
  • What he hasn’t been asked that he wishes people would ask him;
  • What motivated him to continue with the book once he got the idea for it;
  • What inspires him;
  • His advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

Seen Unseen Disneyland

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Episode 080 – Russell Flores, Part 1

Russell FloresIn this episode, we begin a 2-part interview with Russell Flores, the author of Seen Unseen Disneyland. As it happens, Russ and I first met at a WEDWay Radio meet in DCA a couple of years ago, and have since had the opportunity to connect at the D23 Expo and even shared Author Alley at last July’s Disneyana Show and Sale. He’s got a great love for Disney and has some very interesting insights.

We tried to record this one at the Hungry Bear Restaurant like I did with Sam Gennawey. Unfortunately, all of Critter Country is closed for refurbishment right now, so we got as close as we could, literally sitting on the ground on the small pathway behind Fowler’s Harbor.

 

In this episode Russ talks about:

  • How he became interested in Disneyland;
  • Whether he’s ever considered working at Disneyland;
  • Why Seen Unseen Disneyland needed to be created;
  • How the idea for the book came about, and how it developed;
  • The difference in how this book is arranged compared to most others;
  • His first endorsement—a very cool and impressive story;
  • Whether there were any rough patches in the development, where he might have thought about giving up;
  • How he’s smoothed out the process of working with the photos between the first book and the one he’s working on now;
  • The target audience for the book;
  • People who don’t quite get the book;
  • Some “Disney details” that many people may not think of;
  • Why he doesn’t include any “behind the scenes” pictures in his books or what he shares on social media;
  • Whether there was anything Disney expressed concerns over when Seen Unseen Disneyland went through Copyright Review;
  • Getting the proof copy of his book, and what that was like.

Seen Unseen Disneyland

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Episode 079 – Bill Rogers & Camille Dixon, Part 3

 Bill Rogers & Camille DixonIn this episode we conclude our 3-part interview with Bill Rogers and Camille Dixon, the official voices of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure respectively. I hope you enjoyed and learned a lot from parts 1 and 2, as Bill & Camille talked about their history in radio, becoming and being the official voices of the parks, some pretty cool announces, having had “real jobs,” their new PBS show On Tour, and improv—including a quick improv game—and more.

 

In this episode Bill & Camille talk about:

  • The first time they really realized they were part of something really special, and when that still comes to mind;
  • Memories of working with Don Dorsey;
  • Cool stuff about the Disneyland fireworks;
  • Why they can now do only the official park announcements for the most part;
  • Mickey Climbs the Matterhorn;
  • The gig Bill would like in the parks, and his friend who has it now;
  • What else Camille would like to have as a gig in the parks;
  • What each would want to do working for Disney outside of voiceover and announcer;
  • Some appreciation for Disney’s Aulani Resort;
  • What they never get asked that they wish people would ask them;
  • Shout outs for many people who make their jobs as cool as they are;
  • What inspires them;
  • Some challenging, practical, and encouraging advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

 

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