Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cliff Edwards: When You Wish Upon a Star (1940)

When You Wish Upon a Star from the Disney animated film, Pinocchio (1940)
Via: Youtube


This song has a dream-like feel to it. “When You Wish Upon a Star” was written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney’s Pinocchio (1940). In this animated film, the character of Jiminy Cricket sings the song; the voice is by Cliff Edwards [1895–1971], “Ukulele Ike,” who went from vaudeville to Hollywood.

Other notable versions are by Louis Armstrong [here]; Julie Andrews [here]; Linda Ronstadt [here]; and Neil Diamond [here]. Making wishes, whether on a star or in any other manner, might sound foolish and a wasteful effort, one that will lead to naught, but, yet, this is what people with romantic and dreamy minds have been doing for ages.

So, wish away my friends. Forsake not those youthful dreams and hold fast to them. Focus on those wishes and you will forever stay young. Focus on the wrong things, as many do, and you will age very quickly. This is what worry will do. Childish dreams, however, will rejuvenate your mind and body. When you wish upon a star/Makes no difference who you are. 

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