'Frozen' and 'Coco' songwriters pen a new earworm for 'Central Park' on Apple TV+

Central Park Season 2 Returns
Central Park Season 2 Returns (Image credit: Apple TV+)

What you need to know

  • One of the songs for season two of Central Park was penned by the people behind Let it Go from Frozen.
  • A new profile on Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez explains how the song came about.
  • Season two of Central Park is available to stream now.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, both Oscar winners for Let It Go from Frozen and Remember Me from Coco, have turned their magic to Apple TV+ show Central Park. You Are the Music is set to be the next earworm that will have viewers singing along at home.

Central Park has become a popular Apple TV+ show among kids and families thanks to its musical theme and the arrival of the two award-winners is something picked up by Variety. The whole thing came about after Anderson-Lopez's sister, Kater Anderson who already writes for the show, asked the pair to get involved. With four songs still to be written for the upcoming second season, You Are the Music was the one chosen.

"The family ties to 'Central Park' are huge," says Anderson-Lopez. Rory O'Malley was in the Broadway show "The Book of Mormon" (which Lopez co-wrote and for which he won a Tony Award), and Josh Gad voiced Olaf in Disney's "Frozen." The scripts for the new season of "Central Park" came with four empty song slots. "We picked the one that felt like a stand-alone song, the one that was about music and the one that had our dear friend Josh singing along with our other dear friend, Rory," Lopez says of the beginnings of "You Are the Music."

You can sing along to You Are the Music yourself, right now, thanks to one of many Apple TV+ lyric videos.

Anderson-Lopez came up with the essence of the song, in which Gad's character, Birdie, is feeling threatened by O'Malley's Elwood, who he feels is going to take his job. That motif plays alongside the bigger theme of the episode about competitiveness between Tillerman siblings Cole (voiced by Tituss Burgess) and Molly (voiced by Emmy Raver-Lampman).

You can of course hear this and many more songs in the second season of Central Park. The first four episodes are available to watch now and a new one will arrive every Friday through April 8. You can learn more about the song and its creators in the Variety piece, too.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.