Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Musical Interlude - Ilene Woods
I think all of the songs in Cinderella are beautiful, but I've posted the video for "Oh Sing Sweet Nightingale" because I think it shows off her singing talent the best. Here's a little background on the song, which I found in her tribute on D23 (the official Disney fan blog). If you have a minute, click on the link and read the article. It will be worth your time.
During recording sessions, Walt would drop by to offer suggestions, including asking Ilene if she could harmonize with herself on "Oh Sing Sweet Nightingale." She later recalled, "It was such a beautiful sequence — Cinderella scrubbing the floor and each time a soap bubble would rise with another image of Cinderella, so would another voice. When we heard the finished product, Walt kidded, 'How about that? All of these years I've been paying three salaries for the Andrews Sisters, when I could have only paid one for you!"
Ilene may be gone, but it makes me smile, to think of the generations of kids yet to come, who will be enchanted by her sweet voice, and stare in wonder as Cinderella gets her magical ballgown, or even when she sings into the soap bubbles. Sweet dreams, princess! Thank you for lending us your song.