Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life
Work is more fun when it doesn’t feel like work, and it doesn’t feel like work as much when co-workers are friendly. As I get the feel for my summer job and co-worker friendships begin to form, natural conversation-starters come into play. But, one threw me for a loop in a way I did not expect.
“So, Blake, what kind of music do you listen to?”
Oh, goodness. Had it reached this point already? I don’t think they’re ready. Our encounters have been limited to cleaning froyo machines and refilling candy toppings; it wasn’t possibly time yet to spill the beans about the Disney fascination. Fandom. Obsession. What should I say? The truth would be a good start, but that would probably prompt quizzical looks. “Well, on my way to work today I listened to some Carousel of Progress with a dash of Muppets Most Wanted. That comical number between Ty Burrell and Sam the Eagle… man, am I telling you!”
That’s not the way the conversation went. Instead, I went for a more generic route and, after a brief pause to collect my thoughts, just said, “I listen to a lot of soundtracks.”
“Oh, so like John Williams?”
“Well, yes, sometimes.”
“Who’s your favorite composer?”
“Probably Alan Menken. He does a lot of the Disney scores.”
Baby steps. Baby steps.
The conversation continued a bit longer to discuss other Disney musical feats like The Lion King and Frozen, but after the exchange was over, I was a little perplexed at myself. “Soundtrack” is a very broad term for the music I listen to most often. The genre is Disney, but I had been afraid to say that. Why? I wasn’t quite sure. It’s not a big secret. Maybe it was that I was afraid of an eyebrow raise on my second day on the job, but I think there was something beyond that. Typically when people find out I have a love for Disney, they ask the inevitable question: “Why?”
Not in a judgmental or condescending way but just out of understandable curiosity. “What is it about Disney that draws you to like it so much?” And it’s that question I believe I was afraid of answering, because I don’t have an adequate response, not unless my manager wanted all the froyo to melt by the time I finished talking, at least.
That’s where you come in. What do you say when people ask about your Disney fandom? How do you explain it? What is their reaction? Comment below, and let’s see if we can pinpoint that thing we love about Disney in a way that is easily conveyed.
(Image copyright Disney.)
Blake studies Electronic Media and Film at Appalachian State University. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade in Frontierland and then sprint to Main Street in time to see it again. You can find him on Twitter @olddirtyblake or at BlakeOnline.com.