Oct 19

When You Wish Upon a Star

‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ is a song written by Leigh Harline with lyrics by Ned Washington (who also wrote the lyrics to ‘Stella by Starlight’, ‘On Green Dolphin Street’ and ‘The Nearness of You’) for Walt Disney’s 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio.

It won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song. The American Film Institute ranked ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ seventh in their 100 Greatest Songs in Film History!

The piece has also become a jazz standard. It has been performed by artists including Linda Ronstadt, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Glenn Miller, Joe Pass, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Evans, and many others.

This is one of those songs that took me several weeks to want to record, because it gave me so much joy to play! This performance is dedicated to Denis R and Therese L.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Dr. Weiss

Bosendorfer piano sound – For this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) a sound which was sampled from a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand piano. Try listening to it with a good set of headphones! It sounds better than any piano I’ve ever owned!!