in for a disney ride
i asked danny elfman, do you have a student, an apprentice/ a disciple learning from you?
he said, it’s funny you asked because it was only last year that i have an intern do things for me for the first time. all these while, i i felt that i had nothing to teach anyone.
i don’t believe that at all. danny elfman has nothing to teach? you have to be kidding me.
i received a text message from my friend and it said, darling are you back? do you want to meet danny elfman? he is coming to hong kong for the first time.
i was like – get out of here. danny elfman ? the danny elfman who wrote the theme song to the simpsons? the guy who was responsible for almost half of tim burton movie soundtracks such as nightmare before christmas, batman, alice in wonderland, charlie and the chocolate factory?
how do you say no to that? it is like as though someone gave me golden ticket to visit willy wonka’s chocolate factory -literally.
danny was in hong kong to see the site of hong kong disneyland’s latest attraction – the mystic manor ride. though the ride is not built yet, danny said going on set in search of inspiration is part of his work-in-progress. danny has been commissioned to create the soundtrack for the mystic manor ride. being the only ride of its kind and exclusive to hk disneyland, the mystic manor ride themes itself around the mansion of an eccentric world traveler set in the year 1908 – during the period of imperialism when it was fashionable to collect weird items from around the world. sort of like indiana jones with a monkey for a pet and has a devilish side.
danny had said that he wanted to do it because his favorite ride at disney was the haunted mansion and later on his friend told me, you know the photos of mystic manor – that’s like danny’s house in la. he has five shrunken skulls at home.
i blinked hard and said – you mean to say human skulls?
as i think about it, i am sure there is a reason why the collaboration between tim burton and danny elfman has lasted longer than most hollywood marriages – 25 years and 12 movies. they aren’t exactly what you would consider the average america suburbia folks.
danny elfman did not study classical music. he admitted that he was a terrible pianist. but you know what, every time i talk to someone successful i realized something about them, a common trait that they share. they don’t give up. i cannot imagine the odds that must have been against him as am sure a lot of “clubby classically trained folks” have a lot to say about his shortcomings.
it touched me tremendously when he said this – if you look at the story of all successful artists or famous people – ” at some point in their careers, they get a lucky break. if we had released pee wee’s big adventure five years earlier or later, it may not have been successful and i may not have received any attention for being known as the guy ” who does quirky soundtracks” and when your break comes, be ready to work your hardest. thank you!!!
i have not met many people as famous as danny elfman and for someone like him to say that, i take it as an important guide for me -to continue on with my little journey of life, humbled and reflective.
his friend asked me – where do you suggest we should go tonight? someone suggested the peak.
i said do you know about the story of stanley ho, the casino king of macau? well he has four wives and 16 children and they are all fighting for a share of his empire. best part of all he is still alive. recently the papers published the addresses of all of his wives. i think you and danny should check it out – because if you want real horror, nothing is scarier than a lot of money – four wives and 16 kids.
i mean afterall, danny is searching for inspiration.