I was out with a friend the other night and he asked me if there was anything that would trigger me to become overly emotional, no matter what I was doing or the mood I was in. His trigger was fairly obscure, and surprising and actually made me giggle. I thought about mine for a second and answered that it was when animals were being treated poorly. At the time that seemed liked the right answer. I’m a big animal lover and I get pretty emotional watching Animal Cops and the like.
Today, at the end of an extremely emotionally taxing day, I realized that I have another trigger. I was watching Almost Famous and that scene where everyone on the bus starts singing Elton John’s Tiny Dancer came on. It was at an extremely emotional highpoint in the movie that has always resonated with me. Every time I see that scene, no matter how many times, I cry.
There are many other movies that invoke this response in me – it is always a combination of a scene and the music. Some are silly and I can’t bare to share, but my connection with them all runs deep.
Although these combinations make me cry and emotionally uncomfortable, at the same time it is incredible and almost magical knowing that two writers – script and song – were able to connect with me on such a deep level.