Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.]
The Adventure is Calling: How Far Will I Go?
This piece is all about the song “How Far I’ll Go” in the well-known and beloved Disney movie Moana (2016). This latest Disney hit has captivated people all over the world.
See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me
Performed by Alessia Cassara, “How Far I’ll Go” has a lively and addictive tune. The sounds of waves and ukuleles are mesmerising. When you are listening to the song, you can fully indulge yourself in the tribal world, standing at the beach and staring at the horizon. A soothing place where you can stay away from the hustle and bustle of life.
But the voice inside sings a different song
“How Far I’ll Go” is more than a children’s song, however. Its lyrics are simple yet tug at one’s heartstrings. It encourages you to look for your path in the world with strength and independence. Moana, the protagonist, has a predestined path to become the future queen of her tribe and lead her people. She hesitates and realises that her passion lies in sailing. The lyrics perfectly describes the psychological struggle in her mind—the decision of staying or leaving to pursue her dream will change her life entirely.
And let me know, what’s beyond that line, will I cross that line?
As fresh graduates, we feel insecure and uncertain about the future. No one can guarantee that the roads we have chosen will be easy. Be adventurous, if we want to achieve great things and live our lives without regrets.
One day I’ll know, how far I’ll go.
Tasha Chung Wai Yin is a graduate of the Department of English and Department of Education (Class of 2017).