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In this episode, we welcome pianist and composer/arranger Tom Ameen. Tom’s renditions of some of your favorite songs from Disney theme parks and movies are interesting and beautiful, and it was a treat to get to talk to him. He clearly loves Disney and is a gifted musician, which I think made for a great conversation.
Now, in this episode, Tom talks about…
- Where his love for music came from;
- Becoming more aware of and attuned to music in Walt Disney World;
- Learning songs by ear early on;
- “Candle on the Water” and “Someone’s Waiting for You” aren’t on any of his Disney albums so far;
- How much practice he puts in and what form it takes—at the beginning and now;
- Learning the rules before you can break them;
- Some of the non-Disney CDs he’s recorded—most of his albums are original songs and compositions;
- How he got started doing arranging;
- Arranging for Jim Brickman;
- What he drew on to start working on his Disney cover songs;
- Whether creating the Disney songs was different than what he’d done before, or if it was a natural progression;
- What the process of arranging music is like for him;
- If there are any songs he’s tried to arrange for an album that just didn’t work like he wanted it to;
- Getting clearance to use the Disney music;
- How he chose which songs were going to go on the Disney albums.
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Music and voiceovers provided by Rick Moyer.
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