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GRANDMA TURNS 100

My mom’s mom, Julieta Ramos, turned 100 this past month! The whole family gathered to celebrate, and I made her this video (and song) for the event… She looks amazing!

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The Finals of the SMULE Disney competition tasked us with writing a Disney Parody. I previously placed third in a parody writing competition, so this was in my wheelhouse. When I came upon the topic of everything Disney owns, the perfect song came to me. With an extra week for this assignment, I had research and rhyming to do and came up with this…

AND I WON!

 

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Coming off a string of well-received performances in the SMULE Disney Competition, maybe a stumble was inevitable.  It came in Week 6, which had a Duets theme.  I recorded while travelling, and my partner and I didn’t do anything spectacular with our song.  But my contribution was enough to get me to the semifinals, and I knew I had to do something really good.  The Final 10 were each given a decade from which to pick a song from a Disney movie.  I got the 1980s.  If you know Disney history, the 80s were not cute in terms of movies and the music in them, until THE LITTLE MERMAID in 1989.  But I discovered the pop music stylings of OLIVER AND COMPANY, and a song sung by Ruth Pointer from the Pointer Sisters, a group I loved.  I added an original rap during the bridge, earning 2nd place and a trip to the Final Round.  I love how some of it synced with the movie in the video I made…

 

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I made the Judges’ Favorites list of the SMULE Disney competition each of the first 4 weeks.  Week 5 was the last week the list would be announced, and I wanted to make it again.  The theme was music from Disney’s Live Action or Hybrid movies.  Once I found this awesome arrangement of “Zip A Dee Doo Dah,” I got to have so much fun recording this song, which I also made a video for…

 

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Week 4 of this SMULE Disney competition was “Villains” week.  Although I have sung “Be Prepared” from THE LION KING hundreds of times, I had my sights set on another villain of that era of Disney movies.  I was able to locate a backing track of Gov. Ratcliffe’s song from POCAHONTAS, and I uploaded it, knowing that nobody else would do it.  I received another perfect score, and I was really proud of this song.  I tried to match the lip synch to clips from the movie, just for fun…