In addition to hanging out at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Lin-Manuel Miranda recently took to NPR’s Fresh Air and discussed his process for writing Moana, as well as how Disney films affected his childhood, in an interview with Terry Gross.
Miranda talked about how, when writing the Golden Globe–nominated “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana, he sought inspiration in his childhood home:
“I actually went to my parents house, holed up at my childhood piano, and wrote in my old bedroom, because I figured, let me get to that feeling of sort of, there’s an impossible distance between me and what I want, when you’re in your childhood bedroom.”
He also discussed being a child when classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King came out. About The Little Mermaid:
“I don’t know why it changed my life as much as it did. I think Sebastian the crab had a big amount to do with it — the fact that this calypso number happens under the water just knocked my socks off when I was a kid. It had this power over me. I would perform that thing — I would jump up on my desk in fourth grade and sing that song.”
Our favorite part, however, was when he described the song “My Shot,” from his hit musical Hamilton, as a song about “an adolescent who wants to go out and change the world,” saying:
“It’s a Disney Princess song!”
We’d never thought about it that way, but he certainly isn’t wrong!