Menken Describes New Songs for Beauty and the Beast

Alan Menken describes the new songs added to the live action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

With Disney’s release of their live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast only a few months away, they are beginning to ramp up the hype for the film.  Composer Alan Menken, who worked with Howard Ashman on the animated film’s songs, has come up with three new songs for the film.  Menken spoke with Entertainment Weekly (via Screen Rant) describing the thought process behind crafting each of the new songs, set to join the original soundtrack.

“The first time [‘Our Song Lives On’ is] sung, it’s Belle’s father singing as he’s completing a music box, and basically it’s [about], ‘How does a moment live forever? How do you hang on to precious moments?’ Then, it’s reprised by Belle, and then it’s the song that’s actually over the end credits at the end of the movie. Disney hasn’t announced it yet, but there’s going to be some wonderful singer on the end credits song.

‘For Evermore’ is this moment where the Beast now loves Belle, and he realizes that she misses her father, and he acknowledges she’s no longer a prisoner, and when she sees her father’s in trouble, he says, ‘Go to him, go.’ And he voluntarily lets her go. He’s basically singing about how he now knows what love is, as he watches her leave, and he’s climbing up the turret of the castle as she recedes into the distance, just watching her go further and further away.

‘Days in the Sun’ is a moment when all of the objects in the castle —and Belle — are going to sleep. Basically, everybody in the castle is having memories of what it used to be when they had their days in the sun. It’s sort of a combination of a lullaby and a remembrance of happier days for everybody.”

Beauty and the Beast will arrive in theaters March 17, 2017.

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