Much Needed Advice (Song)

Last Updated on: February 20th, 2023

Much Needed Advice disney song music“Much Needed Advice” is a song from the 2017 Disney-Pixar animated film “Coco“. The song is performed by the character Ernesto de la Cruz, a famous Mexican musician who serves as one of the central figures of the film.

In the song, Ernesto de la Cruz offers advice to the film’s protagonist, a young boy named Miguel, who dreams of becoming a musician despite his family’s long-standing ban on music. The song includes lines such as “You want to be like me? / I’m flattered, kid / But don’t waste your time on the music / That’s just the way I did” and “Never underestimate the power of music / It’s a world within itself / With a language we all understand.”

However, as the film progresses, it is revealed that Ernesto de la Cruz is not the hero that he appears to be, and that he has a dark past that he has been hiding from the world. “Much Needed Advice” is one of several musical numbers in the film that explores themes of family, tradition, and the power of music to connect people across generations and cultures.

The song was written by composer Germaine Franco and lyricist Adrian Molina, who also served as one of the film’s co-directors. The character of Ernesto de la Cruz was voiced by actor Benjamin Bratt.

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