Song of the Day #3,126: ‘I Am Moana’ – Rachel House & Auli’i Cravalho

moanaMoana was my favorite movie of 2016, and the scene faturing today’s Song of the Day is probably my favorite moment in any movie last year.

Moana is adrift at sea after failing at her mission and being abandoned by the demigod Maui. At her lowest moment, she is visited by the spirit of her grandmother, who gives her just the musical pep talk she needed.

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Song of the Day #3,077: ‘How Far I’ll Go’ – Auli’i Cravalho

moanaEvery Disney heroine has her signature song, from Ariel’s ‘Part of Your World’ to Mulan’s ‘Reflection’ and Elsa’s ‘Let It Go.’

For Moana, it’s ‘How Far I’ll Go,’ a yearning, soaring ode to following your heart. Moana wants to find adventure on the high seas but her father, the island chief, allows nobody beyond the reef. It’s the age-old struggle between security and freedom, whether it’s in the Polynesian islands or Miranda Lambert’s small-town Texas.

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