"Independance (The Stadium Mix)" by Jonesey (1998)
Undoubtedly I first heard it in late 1998 at either The Glass House or Fox Theater in Pomona with every kid in the crowd going crazy as it peaked. By spring of 1999 it was a staple in every up-and-coming DJ’s record crate. Fifteen years later, it reminds me of dancing under the stars in the deserts of California from sundown to sunup, often even longer.
Maritime Morocco: Morocco’s Lost Boat House
Although the Morocco pavilion is perhaps EPCOT’s best example of showcasing environment and culture in World Showcase, WED originally planned to add another layer of realism to the pavilion.
Early concept models reveal that a magnificent boat house would have served as the pavilion’s terminus by fully enclosing Morocco’s tangerine lined courtyard. The boat house would have also been functional, and served as a port for the Friendships that offer transportation around World Showcase Lagoon.
Further, this addition would have expanded the scope of World Showcase’s only Middle Eastern nation. With a nod to the rich and diverse maritime history of Morocco, the locals and subjects expressed in the pavilion could cover the storied history of Casablanca and the Straights of Gibraltar.
Given that Morocco is already a fantastic example of believable, realistic, and thoughtful design choice for simply exposing culture, it’s hard to believe that one small omission, such as this boat house, could even improve upon the final product.