Song: “You’ll Be In My Heart”

Written as a lullaby, this song won an Oscar and supported a lovely, if forgotten, Disney hit.

One of many achievements by Phil Collins — who now is battling significant health issues — was the soundtrack to the 1998 animated film, Tarzan.

The film is notable for fantastic animation set almost entirely to Collins’ score. The cornerstone song — “You’ll Be In My Heart” — charted in the US and UK, and won that year’s Oscar for Song of the Year.

It was not Collins’ first song nominated for an Academy Award. He had been previously nominated for “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” from the movie Against All Odds and for “Two Hearts” from the movie Buster.

The song originated as a lullaby for Collins’ daughter, Lily, who was born in 1989. With this lineage, it’s no surprise Collins was the sole composer and sang it in the film.

Performed only sporadically in concert during ensuing tours, the song and film are sometimes forgotten. However, I remember watching the movie with my kids, and we were all dazzled. Seeing the stills again has me thinking we’ll be revisiting it this holiday season.

The soundtrack overall was a massive hit, peaking at #5 on the US charts, and achieving double Platinum status for Collins, his best-selling work in a decade at the time.



Now for something completely different . . .

Last week, I featured a performance of “The Chain” by Nuno Bettencourt and family at a local Black Friday concert known as the Turkey Jam.

I was able to attend the event this year, and the family put on an excellent show of covers. Here’s the impressive (scope, length) setlist — see how many you recognize:

The show ended with Bettencourt’s band Extreme putting on a surprise 45-minute concert to warm up for their European tour, which started Sunday. If you want to see what it was like (and hear a great solo by Nuno), here’s a taste (the guy doesn’t hold his phone up for long):

The sound was pristine, and it was the first time I’ve ever had the sound system actually generate a breeze. That was a memorable sensation.

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