Fain/Cahn – Peter Pan – You Can Fly Sequence

The final sequence in Magic May is based on “You Can Fly” from Disney’s Peter Pan.

Background

Walt Disney expressed interest in creating an animated adaptation of Peter Pan his in 1935, as a follow up to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. After working to secure the rights and working on a fitting interpretation of the story, the United States got pulled into WW2 and Disney temporarily shifted its focus to training and war propaganda films.

After the war, work began again on the full length animated films, leading to the release of Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), and Peter Pan (1953).

The film was well received, but a few critics thought some of the spirit of the original play by J.M. Barrie was lost.

The Lesson

The song “You Can Fly” is a beautiful metaphor for life. The main prerequisite for flying is a to “think of a wonderful thought,” and I believe that holds true in the real world.

To achieve or create anything, a person must be able to imagine it vividly. Want to be an Astronaut? You must first believe you can do it.

Want to hit the bullseye with your arrow? You must be able to see it happen.

Want to make a beautiful sound on your instrument? You must be able to imagine that sound in high definition.

Everything we do starts with an idea. Those that turn ideas into reality do so because they can fill their mind with what they want, before it has actually happened. The power of imagination and focus brings ideas to life.

Sequence

The excerpt begins at 0:17

Listen to the original above to dial in your style. I like how the music speeds up as the phrase progresses, like an airplane picking up speed before takeoff. I love the rich sound the choir brings to this song. The thicker harmonies work like pixie dust, filling the melody with a magical, boyant sound.

Fill your mind with the sound you want. Make it rich, make it pure, make it beautiful, make it YOURS. Strive to hear the sound in your head so loudly that you can’t hear the sound you are creating in real life.

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One thought on “Fain/Cahn – Peter Pan – You Can Fly Sequence

  1. CS

    I love the vocal harmonies in this movie! It’s my dearest wish to get my hands on an accurate score… my ears aren’t good enough to pick out those close harmonies.

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