Aladdin’s “Friend Like Me” reimagined; Nashville + San Diego
I will openly admit that I had (read: have) enormous crushes on Ariel and Jasmine from the early 90′s Disney movies The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. (Belle was too proper to have any fun). I rediscovered the scores and songs of those films by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman at some point in high school and loved how his work in Aladdin made big band swing sound like it was inexorably linked with the Middle Eastern Arabian setting.
So I was thrilled to perform Shaina Taub’s re-invention of “Friend Like Me” with a little Andrews Sisters vibe thrown in for good measure at Rockwood Music Hall last month:
Other news: I’m in Nashville tonight playing with Morgan Karr at the Mercy Lounge on Cannery Row! Morgan’s been tearin’ it up in New York and Chicago and now we’re back in his hometown with an incredible band made up of both New York and Nashville musicians.
I’m also recently back from an amazing time in San Diego, opening for Barenaked Ladies with Abby Bernstein. Our 2 day trip out there was a whirlwind of Anchorman references (and an appearance on San Diego 6 that elicited them), late night stops at In-N-Out Burger, and an incredible audience at Humphrey’s By The Bay.