Without regular access to interlibrary loan, the Music square on the Bingo board caused me great strife… none of the music related books I wanted to read were available at my local branches and therefore were off limits to me. Then, I stared at my bookshelf and realized I had a book about music sitting right there, in fact, it’s been living on my bookshelves for over 25 years.
I’m a Disney fan, and I find the history surrounding the company interesting (why else would I have read Disney War earlier this year?). But, my love goes back to my youth. Disney World was one of the places my family often visited on vacation, we lived in Florida anyway (which helped with ticket prices since they’ve always been high and FL residents get discounted rates) and one set of my grandparents lived within an hour of the Orlando theme park, so we were able to make stops on the trip back and forth. I also played piano.
At some point I was gifted an enormous hardcover copy of the first edition of The Illustrated Treasury of Disney Songs. As the title describes it’s a songbook with over 70 song’s sheet music included. For much of my life owning this book, I used it for the sheet music and didn’t pay much attention to the frontwork. If I had, I would have been able to read up on the history of music within the Disney empire, although it is definitely written with a “company line” policy in place – never a bad word uttered about Walt or anyone else who went through the doors. The book was published in 1993, and is therefore missing some more modern classics, but what its missing is more than made up for with what it has, a stroll down musical history, lithographs of animation cells, and music.
Bingo Square: Music