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The thingamabob that does the job is bibbidi bobbidi boo

All riiiiiiiiight! It’s time once again for my absolute favorite kind of post – the WALT DISNEY WORLD PHOTO RECAP!

I’m sure you recall that a mere few weeks ago I was traipsing about the most magical place on earth, being thoroughly happy to be alive. I tweeted merrily along the entire way, so you can read back through that if you like – there are some additional pictures to be had in that way. Below is the main collection, and as always, I put a distinct emphasis on music related shots, but I’ve decided to throw a fair number of just-because-I-feel-like-it pics too. Because who doesn’t want to maximize the amount of WDW in their lives? THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT.

For example, allow me to clue you in on step one of successful Disney packing: do NOT tell your cat you’re doing it.


Okay, let’s get down to the music business. Have I mentioned me debilitating addiction to The Festival of the Lion King? It’s madness. I can’t go without it. Also a monkey acrobat rapped me on the forehead.



Speaking of musical productions, here’s the one for Finding Nemo! The puppets are incredibly well done.


There are you are, strolling through the Animal Kingdom, minding your own business, when all the sudden you walk straight into a Bollywood dance lesson.


Pianist at the Grand Floridian – very classy.


These colorfully attired individuals perform a song-and-dance routine all the way down Main Street.


IMG_0382 I’ve mentioned this calliope from The Haunted Mansion before, but this is a MUCH better shot of it. Who here plays the squidpipes?


Percussion… strings… winds… WORDS.


Fantasmic includes clips from Mussourgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain!


A piece of historical recording equipment from the Aerosmith Rock ‘n Roller Coaster. I strongly encourage you to click on the larger image and read the label.


Why, this set from the Streets of America almost looks real!


Apropos of very little, we are princesses.


Apropos of even less, this is the most elegant and refined I will ever be. That’s it. I’m tapped out.


This Mission: Space console picture is here just so I can shout FIRE IN THE HOLE!!!!!!


Speaking of fire in the hole, I successfully finished the Princess Half Marathon! My time wasn’t that great (this was tweeted as I went), but hey, done is done! If you’re pondering your own half marathon, I cannot recommend it enough, and it was HIGHLY musical – at mile 2 we had a marching band, at mile 4 a taiko drumming group, at mile 7 an accordion ensemble of all things, and at mile 12 (this is my favorite) a gospel choir. Just to get you to the finish, you know. AWESOME.


This is the happiest girl in the world.


And this is the happiest goat.


Okay, that’s it for now!


In which I use a lot of shouty capitals


I know, I know; this isn’t the Composer Cagematch! you expected. Suck it up, kid, you can wait until next week – this is WAY better. For me, anyway. Have you guessed yet? I left you clues on Twitter all week and in the post yesterday! Anyone? Anyone?

That’s RIGHT! I’m going back to my very favorite place in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. I’m going back to WALT DISNEY WORLD! Like that one time! And that other time! And that other time! And that other time!

But this trip comes with a SUPER DUPER EXCITING twist – I’m running the WDW Princess Half Marathon! This is my first ever half marathon, and sure to be the most picturesque; I’ll be running AROUND CINDERELLA’S CASTLE and THROUGH EPCOT! Take that, other half marathons of the world! It’s going to be AWESOME.

My last full 13.1 mile practice run clocked 2:26 and they give you 3:30 to finish, so I’m feeling good about grabbing that finisher’s medal. If you’re curious about my times, I’ve set it up so that my split times will be posted to Twitter. Feel free to cheer me on, as I’ll have my iPhone and may even be able to check Twitter while I go! The race starts Sunday morning around 6AM in the Florida dark. Where, incidentally, there are supposed to be highs in the 80s. AHAHAHAHA, WINTER IN THE MIDATLANTIC! YOU’LL NEVER GET ME ALIVE!

Anyway – as always, I’ll be Tweeting through my entire trip, with special attention paid to musical experiences, of which there are invariably lots. From Broadway-style shows to street musicians to simple background music, Disney invariably delivers, often even on the classical front. So follow me now – you won’t want to miss it!

I leave tomorrow mid-morning and return laaaate Sunday night, so your next regularly scheduled post will be coming atcha on Monday morning. Fear not, however; I’m not abandoning you quite yet. I’ll post your Concert Roundup for the week this afternoon, as I’d hate for you to miss a perfectly good concert while I’M AT WALT DISNEY WORLD YESSSSSSSSSSS!

Ahem. Right. Yes. Meet you back here in a bit. Carry on!

Even Wagner could only take so many Wagnerians

Hi guys! Didja miss me? I had a delightful time at Universal Studios, one of the highlights being listening to Mussourgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain while riding the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. It’s part of the seeeeecret playlist, so if you’re riding the coaster and you want to try it yourself, you’ll need to hold down the logo on the music selection screen for 5 to 10 seconds, then enter to code 904. Trust me, it works!

Since you’ve all been waiting so patiently for me, I’ve found you a very special video. Enjoy!

Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize

Wow, I was at Walt Disney World over a month ago and I still haven’t done my traditional post-trip music roundup. I’ve got some good stuff this time, too!

First up, a perennial favorite: the Haunted Mansion. In an effort to make the inevitable wait times less painful, the Imagineers have been adding various games and amusements to queue areas, and the Haunted Mansion now has a comical cemetery (logically) in its line. Among the diversions? A touch-sensitive calliope!

That’s neat and all – you can run your fingers over the keys and make organ-y sounds – but the really fun part is on the side:

Touch the instrument and it plays! (In a ghostly way, of course.) Wait, did I say that was the fun part? THIS is the fun part:

Touch THESE instruments and they play. They make… noises. Noises I cannot describe. Well, the cat says “RAAAAAAAAA-EER!” (That’s my favorite part.) (Aside from the pun.) (Duh.)

Moving on! Little known fact: at 12:30 am there is no one in line for Mickey’s Philharmagic, thus enabling you (well, probably not you) to take pictures of the queue decorations. What? The Magic Kingdom was open until 2 am and I am not a quitter.

Also caught a picture of the “stage”:

And the aftermath!

And here’s my cousin David, very nearly choking. Because it’s a funny picture and the one of him putting his face in his pizza has terrible lighting.

Until next time! No idea when that’ll be, but knowing me it won’t be long. 😀

There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day

Hi there! You may recall that, approximately one month ago, I was happy. I mean, I was in Walt Disney World. Six of one, half dozen of the other, amirite?

As per usual, I kept my eyes peeled for awesome musical occurrences, and, as per usual, awesome musical stuff occurred. Hit it, epicenter of joy!

This is what it looks like when you stand behind the marching band. They’re wearing coats because it’s January and the high was merely in the low sixties that day. It was rough, guys.

Mulch, Sweat, and Shears performs bandscaping. Men, I salute your pun.

What, your drumsticks don’t sport an Expedition Everest motif? Laaaaame.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the Festival of the Lion King?

Over in Epcot’s Mexico we find Mariachi Cobre. They’re pretty sweet.

Today’s theme is: how performers look from the back. This, incidentally, is how the Voices of Liberty look from the back.

We happened to be there during the WDW marathon. These African drummers were hanging out by the course, playing for the runners as they passed. Your move, iPod.

Moroccan musicians at Restaurant Marrakesh.

These next two are just so that you’ll be jealous:

And this one is so you’ll be REALLY jealous:

Oh, Walt Disney World, I do so love you. When can I move in?

Composer Cagematch! Round 2: Saint-Saens vs. Grieg

Have you been paying attention? If you have, you know that I’m leaving for WALT DISNEY WORLD!!!!! tomorrow (the answer to your question is: this is my eleventh time). Two things can of course be taken for granted — I will a) be tweeting about my musical findings all throughout the trip (so follow me now!) and b) I’ll tell you all about it when I get back, which in this case will be on Tuesday, January 10.

But never you fear — I’m leaving you with a babysitter. Two, actually, because with the holidays out of the way [sad face goes here] we can return to our Composer Cagematches!

(Perhaps you are thinking, Jenn, whatever happened to the most recent match? To which I say: shhhhh. We don’t want to make Shostakovich feel worse than he already does and Bartok’s head is big enough. Okay? Okay.)

And so in this corner, he ain’t afraid of no Soviet Republic! It’s


And in this corner, he’s so literal about Herzwunden! It’s


So who would you like to see die — Ase or a swan?

I’m not really here

I scheduled this post through the Magic of Techology! I said, post, publish at 8 am tomorrow, and post said, you’re the boss. And now here we are.

But here I’m not; I’m actually taking a day trip down to Busch Gardens Williamsburg to pet Clydesdales and hopefully not chicken out on riding Griffon (90 degree drop eeeee). I will, as is traditional, be tweeting my musical discoveries all day, and there should be bunches — remember my mom and Water Music? Look for the hashtag #baroquebusch.

While you’re waiting to read said tweets, enjoy this viola joke:

Q. What’s black and brown and looks good on a violist?

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Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (with apologies to Cory Doctorow)

It’s time once again for the favorite of posts: my trip photo recap! Hotcha!

And this was a bit of a historic event, because it was my 10th lifetime trip to Walt Disney World (assuming you don’t count last January when I went to Downtown Disney for a few hours, which I don’t). Why Jenn, you say, aren’t you tired of it by now? To which I reply: WHY AM I NOT THERE RIGHT NOW?!?! I just collapsed over my keyboard sobbing. Way to go.

Let’s relive it through some of my musical WDW experiences while I attempt to stem this tide of bitter tears, shall we?

As always, I tweeted about the trip as I went along. The hashtag was #baroquewdw, but I won’t bother linking it because Twitter will deny you. I’m afraid you’ll have to dig back through my Twitter feed if you want to find them. Oh, and to see larger versions of the below photos and some bonus photos not included in this post, check out the latest AB Facebook album.

Lunch our first day was at the Biergarten in Epcot’s Germany pavilion. It is, as you might have guessed, an Oktoberfest-type joint, with a buffet that offers such Teutonic fare as schnitzel, spaetzel, Bavarian cheesecake, and ALL the sausage. And of course there’s beer.

Oops, that’s not musical; how did that get in there? (WHY AM I NOT IN EPCOT RIGHT NOW, DRINKING GERMAN BEER?!?!)

I’ll tell you what is musical: a traditional German oompah band! Yes!

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A dream is a wish your heart makes

They say that home is where the heart is.* This Friday I’m heading home.

Home to Walt Disney World, light of my life, fire of my — no, never mind; not that. But light of my life, definitely. I’ll be basking in the glory from June 3 through 8, and I will as always be tweeting the whole vacation through. Follow the hashtag #baroquewdw to see what musical madness I’ve dug up in the World (and if you need proof there’s music to be had, I’ve already got you covered).

And there should be new and exciting stuff this time — we have reservations at ‘Ohana, a Polynesian luau of sorts, so I’d best be hearing some ukulele, and there’ll be a traditional German oompah band at the Biergarten. My traveling companion and brother in kitty-striping Scott is a percussionist, so we’ll try to catch the JAMMitors in Epcot’s Future World and the African drummers in the Animal Kingdom. The WDW Band is always wandering around the Magic Kingdom, indigenous music is everywhere in the World Showcase, of course so many Disney movies are musicals — there’s no end to it, really.

Warm up and get psyched for the sheer, unadulterated joy of it with my last WDW trip recap. And if that isn’t enough for you, revisit my trip to Universal from January — not remotely the same, but still a lot of fun, plus you can laugh at my karaoke attempt.

If you’re bored while I’m away, entertain yourself by voting in the current Composer Cagematch! You have until Wednesday, June 8 at midnight to vote.

So remember: follow me on Twitter, and starting June 3 be on the lookout for the hashtag #baroquewdw. Ah, there’s no place like home.

* So your real home’s in your chest!


Oh, right! I was in Orlando two weeks ago! And I miss it every day.

As usual, I tweeted about my trip as I went along, adding the hashtag #aintbaroqueFL except for a couple times when I screwed it up because let’s face it, typing on a cellphone is hard and annoying work. If you missed it, you can read back over my tweets here (just keep clicking backwards till you hit ’em; apparently the hashtag is too old to be searchable. Lame, Twitter!).

And again, as I have before, I took music-related pictures! Follow the cut or miss an embarrassing photo of me doing karaoke.

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