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If You Like ‘Hamilton’, Listen to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Moana’ Soundtrack



If You Like 'Hamilton', Listen to Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Moana' Soundtrack

Now that Hamilton the movie has been played Disney + for six days, it’s pretty clear that most people who read this have seen it at least once, if not two or three times. And that’s possible after you play the soundtrack without stopping in the two weeks leading up to the film’s release. Chances are, you start to need to rest, especially if you start siding with Leslie Odom Jr. Aaron Burr and / or feel every word from the Renee Elise Goldsberry showstopper “Satisfied”.

May I suggest that you listen to another soundtrack from Lin-Manuel Miranda who debuted a year later Hamilton? Yes, I’m talking about Disney 2016 animated films Moana.

You remember Moana, Well? If you have children under 10, you might know the film and soundtrack by heart. The title character (Auliʻi Cravalho) is the brave daughter of the village chief of the island of Motunui wandering outside the reef around the island, against the wishes of his father, to find a demigod named Maui (Dwayne Johnson). After that, he returned Te Fiti’s heart to its proper place and saved his village.

Miranda wrote most of the songs on the soundtrack, along with Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina. Foa’i is the main singer of Te Vaka, a group that sings modern songs using the language and rhythm used by indigenous peoples throughout the South Pacific, and Mancina is responsible for marrying songs with the scores he writes. Together, the three of them created the best soundtrack for Disney films since 1994 Lion King – and, yes, that includes a soundtrack for both Frozen film.

Why the soundtrack for Moana very good?

It Tells the Story of Moana Without Hitting You with Words

A good example of this is the song “Where You Are.” This is where Moana’s father, Chief Tui (Christopher Jackson is his singing voice) explained to Moana why he was needed so much in Montonui, and that, while he wanted to explore, he had to remember his responsibilities. Like many of the best songs in musical theater and film, it bounces in a very singable way while moving the story together.

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When the song ended, Moana switched from a toddler to a teenager, and, despite the distraction from her grandmother (Rachel House) who tried to convince her that water was her destiny, she decided to stay in her place. It was the story of the “Hakuna Matata” level, where for years the main subject was told very clearly in 3 minutes. Even Hamilton could not achieve that achievement, but that was also because Miranda had more reasons to discuss there, and also because the game was sung, so all the songs would be heavy lyrics based on design. Still, this is quite an achievement to create a song with a span of years that sticks in the listener’s brain immediately to the point where they sing it in the bathroom (um, maybe I gave too much there …)

Songs Have Less Intimacy There Are Other Disney Soundtracks

We mostly talk about Frozen here. When you listen to both Frozen soundtrack, written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband Robert Lopez, you hear great Disney musical songs, such as “Let It Go” or “Into The Unknown.” But the songs, and most of the others, are designed more to be showstoppers to take advantage of the vocal reach of people like Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff, rather than personal songs that are more about continuing the story than anything else.

MoanaThe songs were intentionally made intimate, careful to include the language and rhythm of the Polynesian, Samoan, and other South Pacific cultures (again, that was the influence of Foa) to move the story. Even a showstopper like “How Far I’ll Go,” sung by Moana first as a peon to “the line where the sky meets the sea … is a call,” then in honor of his recently deceased grandmother to truly become the explorer that he mean to be.

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As much as his true self-declaration as “Let It Go”, Cravalho brakes on vocal histrionics both in his song and reprise; of course, it could be that he reached the peak of his vocal range, but maybe also because Miranda and his friends wanted to emphasize his personal longing and then his sadness rather than just about empowerment.

In subsequent songs, such as “I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)” and “Know Who You Are,” Moana sings at the lowest or most dangerous times; in the previous song, his grandmother’s spirit came back to encourage him to continue leaving Maui completely away from their raft, and in the last song, he returned Ti Fiti’s heart to Ti Ka, the lava monster where Ti Fiti turned into after losing his heart. “They have stolen hearts from within you / But this does not define you” is a lyric that Moana can sing for herself as well as for Ti Ka, and Cravalho sings it very smoothly. Sometimes you need to take a strong voice and lower it to make an equal impact, and Miranda knows how to do it here.

Best Song sung by the rock

Do you know the song from the soundtrack that I sing the most to myself? “You’re welcome,” Maui himself, Dwayne Johnson, sang. “You’re Welcome” is an amazing song because Miranda actually wrote it considering Johnson, knowing that The Rock has a vocal range, although it is limited.

The genius of “Thank You” is that, even though it was written for Johnson, it is not an easy song in any way. You have lyrics that are full of words like, “Who has two thumbs and pulls up to the sky / When you walk around as high as this? / This person!” and a rap on the bridge that will spend a lot of time except the most dedicated artists to memorize. But Miranda’s belief in Johnson made her write the most interesting song on the entire soundtrack, despite the fact that the man who sang it has one of the most limited sounds on the Disney soundtrack since Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.

So, yes, songs written by Miranda Hamilton very interesting, and more or less tells the story of the event even if you have never watched a movie. But the songs he wrote or wrote together Moana is a clearer distillation of how talented Miranda is and how far her songwriting ability is. He does more with less and he makes sure to give each cast member a showcase that suits their abilities and strengths.

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And, to think: LMM is doing a lot of this work because he also starred in the off-Broadway and Broadway incarnations Hamilton. That he could put together one of the best Disney soundtracks from the past quarter century while starring in a musical project he wrote and produced was an achievement that is difficult to ponder. The LMM work ethic might be crazy, but Moana proving that he still has many great songs that are waiting to come out.

Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, childcare and technology, but he doesn’t fool himself: he’s a TV addict. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon,,, Fast,, Billboard and elsewhere.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is “inconceivable”.



Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is "inconceivable".

President of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks Against Hunger Isabelle Jonet considers food waste unacceptable and absurd, as every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

As World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day is celebrated, speaking at a conference on the subject in Lisbon, the official recalled statistics released by the National Statistical Institute and said the situation was “worse than expected.”

The data, official and published for the first time, refers to 2020 and shows that 1.89 million tons of food was wasted in Portugal this year, so each Portuguese wasted an average of 183.6 kilograms of food.

INE statistics show that families spend the most. The figures show that over 1.2 million tons of food was wasted by families this year, followed by catering with over 237 thousand tons, trade and distribution with 214 thousand tons, primary production with over 101 thousand tons and food . industry, about 61 thousand tons.

“We buy too much, we buy bad, we let it go bad. It is unacceptable that a third of what is produced ends up in the trash,” the official said, speaking at a debate organized by the United Movement Against Waste.

Ana Cristina Carrola of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA), who also took part in the debate, stressed that the average amount of waste per year per inhabitant in the European Union is 173 kg, less than the 183 kg that is thrown away by the Portuguese.

“This is unthinkable in our day,” he lamented.

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese; Sporting wins too



Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese;  Sporting wins too

Evanilson scored four goals in eight matches in the 2022/23 Portuguese Liga (Photo: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP)

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After the draw in the last round Portuguese Championship, Porto won again. This Friday, the defending champions thrashed Braga 4-1 at the Dragau Stadium. Goals came from Evanilson, Eustaquio, Pepe and Galeno. Defender Pepe, against, got to the opponent.

Ex-Fluminense Evanilson opened the scoring in the 32nd minute of the opening stage. Eustaquio tried to make a cross and the Brazilian forward appeared on the second post to prop up his chest. Two minutes later, Pepe filed Eustaquio, who sent the ball into an empty net.

In the final stage, the Portuguese-Brazilian defender Pepe tried to cut off a low cross, but sent him into his own net. Pepe, the former Gremio who assisted, got it from Taremi after a beautiful move that extended the game in the 18th minute. In addition, the Brazilian Galeno closed the account in the north of Portugal.

– I am very happy to score again and, above all, for this victory. A match we knew would be difficult, against a strong opponent who was in good sequence, but in which we managed to impose our rhythm and win three points in front of our fans. Now it’s time to rest and get back to work, already thinking about the next challenge, which is also very important for us, – said Evanilson after the match.


Another great player to take the field this Friday is Sporting CP. In Lisbon, on José de Alvalade, the Lions beat Gil Vicente 3-1. For Rubén Amorim’s side, Morita, Pote Gonçalves and Rocinha scored. Fran Navarro scored in stoppage time.

Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

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Portuguese tennis player Gonçalo Oliveira in the doubles final of the Lisbon Belém Open



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Oliveira and Kolar defeated France’s Manuel Guinard and Venezuela’s Luis David Martínez in the semi-finals for first place in the series, in straight sets with partial scores of 6-1 and 6-2 after 58 minutes of play.

In the title match, they will take on the Ukrainian duo of Vladislav Manafov and Oleg Prikhodko, who eliminated Jivan Nedunchezhyan of India and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia 6-4 and 6-2 in the semi-finals.

For the 27-year-old Portuguese tennis player, this will be his 31st doubles final at the ATP Challenger Tour and third at the Lisboa Belém Open after reaching the final in 2017 with compatriot Frederico Gil and champion in 2020 with Dominican Roberto Cid Subervi.

In singles, Italian Marco Cecchinato, semi-finalist of Roland Garros in 2018, beat Spaniard Carlos Taberner 7-6 (7-2) and 6-4, scheduling a meeting in the semi-final with the “Reserve” Kazakh Timofey Skatov, responsible for eliminating Frenchman Benoit Pera, in three matches, with a score of 6-4, 2-6 and 7-5.

The other semi-final of the Lisbon tournament will be discussed between Austrian Filip Mizolich, who defeated Giulio Zeppieri 6-4 today, and Frenchman Luca van Assche, the executioner of compatriot Alexander Müller, who finished seventh. parts 6-4 and 7-5.

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