"The Cold Never Bothered Them Anyway": Songwriters Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Revamp the Fairytale with "Frozen"

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27 Feb 2014

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The writers recall the moment the hook to the driving ballad was born. "In a meeting I pitched, 'What about "Let It Go" because she's letting go of her whole past, but she's also letting go of all of this power she's been holding back?' And everyone said, 'That sounds like a hook!'"

They were guided by the casting of Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel, known for putting her indelible stamp on the Wicked power ballad "Defying Gravity," who would take on the role of Elsa, the princess whose uncontrollable powers blanket her entire kingdom in a permanent winter.

"That definitely influenced our choices as far as where we set songs lower in her range where she has that beautiful vulnerability and fragility," Lopez said. "Obviously, the chorus would be a huge belt that would just go into the stratosphere."

Listening to artists such as Aimee Mann, Tori Amos, Adele and Katy Perry for inspiration helped the writers to craft "a soulfulness and a sadness at the beginning, but then to also find the joy in all of her power by the end," Lopez explained.

Anderson-Lopez laughed recalling a walk in Brooklyn's Prospect Park that gave shape to the opening lyrics of the song. "We were in this kind of emo place of imagining what it would be like to be this perfect person who messed up once, and was chased away from everything she has known and all the people she has been sacrificing for. So Bobby just improvised, 'The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen...'"

Lopez interjects, "Actually, I sang it all the way up to, 'A kingdom of isolation and it looks like I'm the queen,' because I remember thinking that was hilarious that I came up with that."

Anderson-Lopez was quick to reply, "I looked at Bobby and I was like, 'Are you sure you're straight?'"


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