Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Wife Thought This ‘Encanto’ Song Is the Best Song He Ever Wrote
Lin-Manuel Miranda is a prominent songwriter in the Disney universe and on Broadway. Even if his wife isn’t a huge fan of musicals, one song from Encanto actually made her cry. Here’s what Miranda’s wife said about the “best song” featured in Disney’s animated film.
Lin-Manuel Miranda created the music for Disney’s ‘Encanto’
After starring in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns and co-writing the music for Moana, Miranda took the reigns for Disney’s 2021 release, Encanto. The songwriter created original tracks “The Family Madrigal,” “What Else Can I Do,” and “Waiting On A Miracle.”
The official Encanto soundtrack features a few tracks not performed by the voice actors. That includes “Colombia, Mi Encanto” sung by Carlos Vives.
“Dos Orugutias,” sung by Sebastián Yatra, tells the love story between Abuela and Abuelo. This song earned the Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award nomination for Best Song. It even became a favorite track of Miranda’s wife.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wife called ‘Dos Orugutias’ the best song from Disney’s ‘Encanto’
Miranda is a father and husband. As a result, he shares music from each project with his family. As the first layer of unofficial reviews, their opinions meant a lot while creating the music of Disney’s Encanto.
“If they like it, I’m good, and they are not shy about their opinions,” Lin said during one interview with Fandango All Access. “I also am married to a woman who doesn’t like musicals that much, so I’ve got the toughest bar to clear in my house.”
According to Buzzfeed, when Miranda played “Dos Oruguitas” for his wife Vanessa, she broke down in tears and said it was the best song he had ever written. Even cast members shared their appreciation for this song, including the voice of Mirabel, Stephanie Beatriz, during Disney’s Encanto featurette titled “A Journey Through Music.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s family inspired other ‘Encanto’ songs (and songs from ‘Hamilton’)
Miranda’s relationship with his family influenced many aspects of his songwriting. Luisa’s “Surface Pressure” from Encanto was inspired by Miranda’s real-life older sister, who often took the extra emotional weight.
Miranda’s wife inspired “That Would Be Enough” from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton. This song described Hamilton’s wife asking her husband to be present in their relationship instead of dedicating so much time to his work.
Even the chart-topping Encanto hit “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” was inspired by Miranda’s family. The artist explained that for many families, there are topics that you just don’t discuss with specific family members. For the rest of the family, though, that gossip is all they talk about.
“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” went on to be one of Disney’s most successful songs to date, surpassing the popularity of Frozen’s “Let It Go.” It currently has over 120 million plays on the streaming platform Spotify.
Encanto is now available on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+.