My better half and I are Disney fiends. We try to visit at least once every couple of years. Our favorite ride, bar none, is Soarin’ – for those of you who are unfamiliar, it’s a flight simulator where you and about a hundred other riders are hoisted into the air before a massive screen on which visions of California race toward you. The ride pivots and dips along with the images to give you the feel of flying over these vistas, accompanied by cool breezes and the scents of pine trees and orange groves. It’s four and a half minutes of sheer bliss – and a taste of what it must feel like to be Rainbow Dash.
The score for this experience was composed by the late film legend Jerry Goldsmith, who is alleged to have done so for free after being literally moved to tears by his first ride. The music captures, as sublimely as any piece I’ve ever heard, the exhilaration of wandering above the clouds on gossamer wings. I can’t hear it without being lifted, and it’s my gift to you on what promises to be a beautiful day.