Yesterday was Friday, which means that today is (in my best WheezyWaiter impression) Saturday, Saturday, Pony Saturday! If you didn’t get that reference, do yourself a favor and swing by WheezyWaiter’s channel to experience such wonders as the alligator pit, Quiet Clone, and, of course, Explosion Wednesdays (which may or may not be a thing).
Now that I’ve fulfilled my daily quota of shameless endorsements, on to the actual post. This week, the spotlight is on Friendship is Magic’s two staff musicians, songwriter Daniel Ingram and composer William Anderson. Both of these guys put a great amount of talent and effort into their work, and it shows. Ingram’s delightful songs, from quick and cheerful ditties to full-blown musical numbers, are so catchy that they’ll latch onto your brain after just one listen, not to mention the lyrics in the two musical-style pieces, and Anderson’s background music blends with (and adds to) the action and atmosphere on screen perfectly every time. Seriously, some of his stuff sounds like it could be straight from a movie soundtrack. And while it might seem that only fans of the show would have the opportunity to enjoy this music, that’s not true at all. There are instrumental and original versions of most of Ingram’s songs and several clips of Anderson’s music without the sounds from the show available on YouTube, and I can almost guarantee that you will like them no matter who you are. Go on, give it a try!
Here are a few samples of Daniel Ingram’s work:
“Winter Wrap Up (With Voices)”
(This is easily Ingram’s catchiest piece. I’ve never met a person who’s heard this song and not had it stuck in their head for days afterwards – and I’ve never heard them complain about that fact, either.)
“Winter Wrap Up (Instrumental)”
“Art of the Dress”
(This song has one of my favorite lines of all Daniel Ingram’s tunes: “All we ever want is indecision/ all we really like is what we know.” It’s not often you hear thoughtful lines like that in a song from a cartoon.)
“Cutie Mark Crusader Theme Instrumental”
(Don’t let the name fool you, this is the most hardcore tune in the show to date – and by hardcore I do mean electric guitars and drums and the like. Trust me, just listen to it.)
If you liked those, click here to read an interview that my friend Tekaramity conducted with Daniel Ingram. It’s good stuff.
Also, here are three versions of various Daniel Ingram pieces that fans covered/remixed. The original music is still Ingram’s work, these guys just added their own twist to it and made a whole new kind of awesome.
“Pinkie Pie’s No Fear Song (Giggle at the Ghostly) Piano Cover”
(Super-mellow, very pretty piano cover)
“Giggle at the Ghostly (Saltlakrit’s 20% Cooler Remix)”
(Super-pumped-up, very perky dance remix)
“Friendship is Magic Piano Medley”
(Super-every-positive-adjective-you-can-think-of, very talented piano medley)
And here’s some music by William Anderson:
“Photo Finish Theme”
“Rarity’s Fashion Show”
(This is one of my favorite Anderson pieces right here. As Tek put it (in TV Tropes terms), it’s a real Crowning Music of Awesome.)
“The CMC Go Questing”
(This one feels like the score from a movie, the orchestra and rock band mixture is just fantastic)
“Final Encounter (Battle with Nightmare Moon)”
(I’ve saved the best for last. The music from the climax of the two-part pilot is a perfect example of how William Anderson goes the extra proverbial mile to make the music for this show sound great. Those iconic notes at 3:04 don’t sound so girlie when played by a full orchestra now, do they?)
Enjoy the musical goodness, and I’ll see you tomorrow with (hopefully) a new Work in Progress video from myself and Dan.