I have a confession to make. In the last…. I don’t know, 24 hours or so, I’ve listened to a song approximately 100 times. This song is performed by a man who began his professional career as a football player, and then became a professional wrestler. This song was written by a man who dressed up in colonial garb every day for the better part of the last two years. And this song… is… AMAZING.
“You’re Welcome” is a song from the Disney film Moana, a movie released last week that I have not yet seen, but very much intend to. It’s a piece very much in-tune (ahem) with the studio’s past catchy tunes, most recently the soundtrack from Frozen, which became a hyper-successful album in its own right.
The song is a success primarily because it takes one of the most likable and charismatic people alive and working in Dwayne Johnson—aka The Rock, of course—and has him belt with surprising virtuosity a song written by another dynamo of charisma, Mr. Lin-Manuel Miranda, of course the writer and original star of the Broadway smash hit Hamilton. The two fit together here like yin and a yang. Check them out dueting together:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 23, 2016
This is a jam, plain and simple. Embrace it. Lin-Manuel Miranda has already won an Emmy, Tony, and Grammy for his work with Hamilton, and having written the songs for Moana, he could be completing the elusive EGOT this year. Plus, he’s also got a Pulitzer, and a MacArthur Genius Grant. So he could, in theory, be a PMEGOT. What a life.