Today is the last day of 2023’s Love is in Da Blog. I’m sad about that. I thoroughly enjoyed coming up with songs for the daily prompts, discovering new-to-me songs and artists shared by #LoIsInDaBl participants, and revisiting familiar songs that others posted.
Thank you, Bee, for providing the daily prompts. I had a darn good time.
As the ‘choose my own’ song for the finale of this marvelous musical month of blogging, I’m sharing Kristoff’s love song to Anna in the Disney movie Frozen 2 (2019).
The song is Lost in the Woods.
Lost in the Woods is a nod to, and a campy and funny quasi-parody of, a combination of the 1980s power ballads, including the incorporation of this iconic visual of Queen in the Bohemian Rhapsody music video. I clipped these images to illustrate the visual humor.
For those of us who experienced firsthand the music of the 80s during the heyday of MTV, music videos, Big Hair Bands, and Glam Rock, Lost in the Woods is a trip down that musical memory lane both aurally and visually.
The Lost in the Woods song writers must have channeled Peter Cetera/Chicago to come up with this song. I hear snippets of lyrics and bits of similar musical phrases and notes that hearken me to the songs You’re the Inspiration, Glory of Love, and Will You Still Love Me?, and Hard to Say I’m Sorry. I’m also reminded of the songs Can’t Fight this Feeling by REO Speedwagon and Against All Odds by Phil Collins. That there are a couple of mournful saxophone riffs in Lost in the Woods adds a nice touch of musical nostalgia.
But, it’s Air Supply’s song, I’m All Out of Love, that I hear all through Lost in the Woods. Coincidence? I think not.
And that just tickles me to pieces that Disney used an 80s-type power ballad as the musical vehicle for a major character to express his fears that the love of his life is slipping through his fingers.
Jonathan Groff, noted for his Broadway talents, such as King George III in “Hamilton”, provided Kristoff’s speaking and singing voice.
Until next time,
writing through history one romance upon a time