New Details Released on the New Songs Featured in Disney’s Live Action Beauty and the BeastNovember 7, 2016 - Author: admin - No Comments
It has officially been announced that Alan Menken has written three new songs for Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast. The songs are called, “Days in the Sun”, “Our Songs Live On” and “For Evermore”.
Alan, who penned the original music from the animated movie, teamed up with Tim Rice to write the three new songs. According to Menken,
“‘Days in the Sun’ is a moment when all of the objects in the castle —and Belle — are going to sleep. Basically, everybody in the castle is having memories of what it used to be when they had their days in the sun. It’s sort of a combination of a lullaby and a remembrance of happier days for everybody.”
“‘Our Song Lives On,’ is done in a number of forms. The first time it’s sung, it’s Belle’s father singing as he’s completing a music box, and basically it’s [about], ‘How does a moment live forever? How do you hang on to precious moments?’ Then, it’s reprised by Belle, and then it’s the song that’s actually over the end credits at the end of the movie. Disney hasn’t announced it yet, but there’s going to be some wonderful singer on the end credits song.
“‘For Evermore’ is this moment where the Beast now loves Belle, and he realizes that she misses her father, and he acknowledges she’s no longer a prisoner, and when she sees her father’s in trouble, he says, ‘Go to him, go.’ And he voluntarily lets her go. He’s basically singing about how he now knows what love is, as he watches her leave, and he’s climbing up the turret of the castle as she recedes into the distance, just watching her go further and further away.”
Audra McDonald also gets a showcase feature in the movie. Menken says, “It’s a moment within the prologue, just before the spell befalls the castle,” Menken says. “We’re actually at an event at the Prince’s castle, where the Prince is about to be turned into the Beast, and he’s in his very selfish and self-indulgent phase of his life, and we see that, and we have the magnificent Audra McDonald singing this number.”
I cannot wait to hear Audra’s showcase. I am a little hesitant about the other songs because we have not heard any of the music for the movie, so I don’t know what to expect. However, I am holding out that the songs will be great because it is Alan Menken and Tim Rice and they have never really steered me wrong in the past.