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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Goodnight everyone, and have a mouseriffic weekend!

Goodnight everyone!


“Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil, and that is what our pictures attempt to do.”

Walt Disney


It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sundaye

The new Disney movie, “Maleficent” opened in theaters today. Following the mega-success of “Frozen,” this offering isn’t anything like the biggest animated film of all-time.

It is dark. It is mysterious. It is scary.



 
 
 
Listen to this snippet from one of the tracks of the Maleficent soundtrack.

It’s like that throughout the entire film. Yep, that’s as cheery as it gets. No Oscar-winning, enchanting, entrancing “Let It Go” here I'm afraid.

From a marketing standpoint, it’s quite odd. Especially when you consider Disney has a rich, beautiful history of memorable movie music and songs.  That’s our feature tonight with a sampling of great Disney tunes that have and will stand the test of time.

Let’s begin with Mannheim Steamroller. They’re not just for Christmas.










In the new “Maleficent” movie, Lana Del Rey during the final credits sings “Once Upon a Dream” from the original “Sleeping Beauty.”




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Her rendition is beyond horrible. It’s an affront to that lovely song doing it less than no justice. I understand what Disney was going for, but it should never have passed the audition.

You want classy and true to tradition?

Enjoy.


 





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Recently during our Friday night feature I included a song from Linda Ronstadt who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease. She’s given up performing.

But in 1995, Ronstadt recorded A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes in both English and Spanish for “The Music of Cinderella,”  an album featuring  classic songs from the film reworked by contemporary artists. Her version is a great cover.



 









Nice. Very nice.

And from the very same album…



 



 

 






The music of Disney. Wonderful. Lovely. Beautiful.

That’s it for this week’s segment.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

Time for our close, and I know what you’re thinking.

You’re expecting a phenomenal tear inducing vocal rendition of the classic of Disney classics, “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

Possibly Celine Dion.

The type of song that will move mountains.

Part seas.

A crescendo with a plateau that reaches the heavens!!!!!!!!

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No.

The previous ballads were awfully nice. But it’s time for a bit of fun.

We close with the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra.

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Say what?

The United









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Orchestra.

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Ukulele who?

Please.

Someone, cue the band.



 









 

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