Ah, Pure Nostalgia!

As I write this, I am listening to Tale As Old As Time, as made famous by Angela Lansbury. The song is from the 1991 Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast. Actually this is the song from Beauty and the Beast. I mean, whenever you think of the movie, your mind instinctively and automatically goes to this song. For me, this song holds a special place in my heart. I have vivid and fond memories of when I was a little kid of my Mom and I dancing a la Belle and the Beast to this song. I am actually tearing up right now thinking about it.

Another Disney song that is near and dear to me is A Whole New World from the 1992 animated movie Aladdin. I have always thought this song was pretty, but when I started dating Allie, this song took on a whole new dynamic. A Whole New World is actually the song Allie and I picked as “our” song. I love this song so much and I love Allie even more so it makes sense.

There are two other songs I sort of hate myself for liking so much. Again, they are Disney songs but they are more modern. Call me ignorant, but prior to Frozen coming out in 2013, I had never even heard of Idina Menzel. And actually, prior to earlier this year, I had never seen Frozen. Now that I have seen it, it is probably one of my favorite post-Disney Renaissance era films. I still have not seen the sequel but I’m working in it… But since I brought up Idina Menzel, you can probably guess what song I am going to bring up first: Let It Go. In a twisted sort of way, I relate to this song and the other one, Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?.

I relate to these songs because Let It Go, that I can tell, is a song about self-acceptance. Elsa is coming to terms with her power, much like I had to come to terms with my Autism diagnosis throughout the years. Do You Wanna Build A Snowman? is about Ana feeling shunned and isolated from her sister, Elsa. She has nobody to hang out with or talk to. Similarly, I feel isolated sometimes with my diagnosis. No one else in my family has an official ASD diagnosis like I do, so that makes me feel maybe a little left out. Yes, I can talk to my parents (primarily my Mom) about anything and everything, but I feel unless you actually have Autism, you can never really fully relate. Sorry Mom.

It’s not just the nostalgia factor, but it’s also the fact Disney knows how to make songs that are SO DAMN CATCHY! Disney songs get implanted in your head, for better or worse. Whether you like them or not, everyone knows at least one Disney song verbatim, word for word.

For me, Disney has been a HUGE and major influence on my life. I grew up watching Disney films and have no intention of growing out of that phase of my life. I brought Aladdin earlier. One of my earliest childhood memories of Disney is my Dad and I watching Aladdin over and over and over again basically until the VHS wore out. So my parents and I all bonded through Disney films. I think that is part of that Disney Magic people talk about.

So what Disney songs, if any, make you think back and reminisce? Or which Disney songs just resonate with you or do you just like? Feel free to comment and thanks for reading!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

One thought on “Ah, Pure Nostalgia!”

  1. I love you too honey! ❤️😘 A Whole New World which is our song! I love Tale As Old As Time. It’s a beautiful song. Colors Of The Wind Pocahontas. It shows that she is different and beats to her own drum like I do.

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