We Love Disney Album Review #WeLoveDisney #O2O

Title: We Love Disney

Artist/Band: various

Genre: Pop

Label: Verve

Release Date: October 30, 2015

Verve Records and Walt Disney Records have collaborated on the compilation album We Love Disney. The album was produced by multi-platinum, 16-time Grammy® Award-winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman David Foster.

The album features singer-songwriter NE-YO on the Oscar® and a Golden Globe Award-winning song “Friend Like Me,” from 1992’s Aladdin; British pop singer and songwriter Jessie J on “Part of Your World,” from 1989’s The Little Mermaid; multi-platinum pop/R&B singer/songwriter Jason Derulo on the Oscar® and a Golden Globe Award-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” from 1994’s The Lion King; multi-platinum solo artist and No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani on the Oscar®-nominated song “The Rainbow Connection,” from 1979’s The Muppet Movie; multi-platinum pop singer Ariana Grande on “Zero To Hero,” from 1997’s Hercules; singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko on “In a World of My Own/Very Good Advice” from 1961’s Alice in Wonderland; rock band Fall Out Boy on “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” from 1967’s The Jungle Book; singer-songwriter and Capitol Records artist Tori Kelly on “Colors of the Wind,” the Oscar®, Golden Globe, and Grammy-winning theme song from 1995’s Pocahontas; critically acclaimed country artist Kacey Musgraves on “A Spoonful of Sugar” from 1964’s Mary Poppins; soul/R&B singer and Verve Recording artist Charles Perry on “Ev’rybody Wants To Be a Cat,” from 1970’s The Aristocats; British soul singer Jessie Ware on “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” which appears in both the 1950 animated film Cinderella as well as this year’s enchanting adaptation of the classic film directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James; and best-selling country group Rascal Flatts, accompanied by Hollywood Records’ artist-actress Lucy Hale duet on “Let It Go,” the top-selling, Oscar® and Grammy-winning song from the 2013 film Frozen. The album also features a rendition of “It’s a Small World” performed by all of the artists.

My Review:

Disney movies and music cross the generations.  I’m sure you can think of at least one Disney movie or song that brings back fond memories.  For me, that is the Winnie the Pooh theme song.  A close second would be my a song from the original Muppet Movie (way back in 1979), “Rainbow Connection.”  I loved that song so much that I used it as the title of my eighth grade valedictorian speech.

We Love Disney is so much fun to listen to!!  I love the fresh takes on classic Disney tunes by popular and up-and-coming musical artists.  I found myself singing along and clapping my hands spontaneously (see if you don’t too).

Check out this trailer for the album:

My favorite songs from the album are “Rainbow Connection” performed by Gwen Stefani and “I Wanna Be Like You” (from The Jungle Book) performed by Fall Out Boy.  In addition, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” (from the Aristocats) performed by Charles Perry.  It’s never been one of my favorite Disney tunes (or movies, for that matter), but in the hands of Perry, I could just picture a very cool cat jazzing out (someone like the Cat from Red Dwarf).

We Love Disney is nostalgic entertainment the whole family can enjoy!!   Don’t miss it!!

Purchase We Love Disney on Itunes/Amazon.

I participated in the We Love Disney album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

How to Clean a Shop Vacuum Filter

Below is a guest post by my husband Art. He is an avid DIYer, who is affectionately referred to as “MacGyver” for his creative solutions on a tight budget. If you find this post useful, please let us know!! I’m sure Art has more handy tricks up his sleeve…how to cleana shop vacuum filterIf you’re like me, you have some sort of wet/dry shop vacuum (or three) that you use to tackle the larger and dirtier jobs around the house.  These might be for vacuuming sawdust in the shop, cobwebs around the house, spilled potting soil or kitty litter.  No matter what size or brand shop vacuum you have, they all one thing in common: the filter gets dirty which reduces effectiveness.

Normally when the filter gets too dirty to use anymore, you do the one thing manufacturers want you to do. You throw it away and buy another to replace it.  Filters are not cheap, costing $10-$30 depending on what your vacuum uses.  What if I told you that you are wasting money that could be used instead for a meal or a decent bottle of wine?  What the filter manufacturers don’t want you to know is that your dirty filter is reusable, for many years, if not the lifetime of your vacuum.  Below, I will show you how you can easily clean your filter in about 5 minutes and reuse it over and over again saving money.

Here are some suggested items to use in to clean your filter.  If you don’t have access to these particular items, you can make do with any number of things found around the house.

  • Dust mask – do you really want that stuff making it’s way into your sinuses & lungs?
  • Small flat blade screwdriver – use to remove large packed dust/hair from filter grooves.
  • Small hand broom – use to further remove dirt from filter grooves.
  • Outdoor water hose with spray nozzle – to do final dirt removal from filter.  If you don’t have a spray nozzle, a thumb over the hose opening will work just fine.

The following steps are just a general guide.  I have omitted some common sense items like performing the cleaning outside, unplugging the vacuum, dumping the collected debris from the vacuum into the garbage can, etc.

  1. Open your vacuum and pull the motor housing with filter off the debris collection bucket.
  2. Hold motor housing with attached filter over garbage can and use small screwdriver to gently remove larger dust buildup from around filter.  (Don’t remove filter yet to prevent dirt from getting into filtered exhaust which is discharged into your immediate breathing area when running)
  3. how to clean a shop vacuum filterWhile still holding the motor housing/filter over the garbage can, unscrew the plastic nut and remove the cover securing the filter to the motor housing and slide the filter off.
  4. how to clean a shop vacuumGently use hand broom to continue to dislodge the large dirt deposits from the filter grooves.  If you don’t have a hand broom, use the screwdriver to gently remove the dirt from each groove on the filter making sure not to puncture filter.
  5. how to clean a shop vacuum filterUse water hose with spray nozzle to clean all remaining dirt from filter.  Use a finger or thumb to open up grooves in order to flush thoroughly.  Air-dry overnight.
  6. how to clean a shop vacuum filterUsing a damp rag, wipe any dust from the part of motor housing where filter exhaust air exits (plastic frame inside of filter area on motor housing).
  7. Reassemble and enjoy those honey-do chores.

Would you like to see more DIY tips from Art?  Please let us know in the comment section below.