Episode 087 – Tom Ameen, Part 1


Tom AmeenIn 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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