Our favorite songs at Epcot’s Candlelight Processional
COMMENTARY the French lyrics going on, pretty rapid-fire and sung in a round. Zut alors, that’s a mouthful. In addition, it had a Charlie Brown’s teacher sort of vocal quality to me. But now I appreciate the harmonies, the tempo, volume changes and that it’s less familiar than the bulk of the musical program. Plus, it begins with the festive “La, la, la, la-la, la la- laaah.” (Hold the fa.) forced audience participation make me just a little teary.
If you know me at all, you knew this was going to be No. 1. It’s as predictable as the answers to “Hey, Dewayne, do you like the Spider-Man ride?” or “Shall we have some barbecue mutton?” or “What college has the best basketball tradition?” or “Shouldn’t there be a way to revive ‘All My Children’?” This song, which I’m prone to calling “When They Saw the Star,” is not from my childhood. But it rocks. I want to shake my tambourine to it. Audience members inevitably bounce in their seats to it and give it a rapturous round of applause. And somehow it weaves in “We Three Kings of Orient Are.”
This year, at the end of the Star song, my coworker who had never been to CP before — a Candlelight Virgin, if you’ll forgive me — leaned over and said “Well, that’s my favorite.”
Yes. Good answer. My work is done here. Happy holidays, everyone.
Whoopi Goldberg narrates the Christmas story at Candlelight Processional, a holiday event at Epcot.