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Mason Williams | When You Wish Upon a Star

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When You Wish Upon a Star

by Mason Williams

Cover of Walt Disney's Pinocchio movie song, sung and played by Mason Williams.
Genre: Pop: Pop
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Mason Williams, vocal & rhythm classical guitar
Don Latarski, instrumental solo/harmonics classical guitar
Mark Schneider, bass/brushes snare/hi-hat

When You Wish Upon A Star is a song I remembered from my early childhood days. It comes from Walt Disney’s animated motion picture, “Pinocchio”. In the film Jiminy Cricket sings it to Gepetto.

Gepetto, the village toy maker, has a shop full of toys he’s made. Pinocchio is a puppet, a marionette that Gepetto wishes that somehow could become a real-life boy.

I made up an arrangement of the song form my annual local Xmas shows in Oregon.

I was always looking for concept story lines to base what music to use in my Xmas shows. One year I decided to make all of the music resemble elements of a Christmas tree. Songs about Xmas ornaments, angels, santas, toys, etc. and especially Xmas tree lights. An Xmas tree usually has a star on top, so I decided to make the 1st song I played & sang, a star song.

Arrangement wise, as I learned the song, it struck me that the 1st (4) bars chord progression was like a lot of 50’s pop songs, so I decided to make it bouncy like a lot of them were. Whereas the song seems to be simple in nature, the melody & chords are actually quite sophisticated & lend themselves to a wide variety of interpretations. It ended up being in somewhat of a
gypsy – jazz nature, so that’s how it ended up the way it is. My vocal style & Don Latarski’s jazzy guitar solo solidified the gypsy – jazz concept.

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