Why ‘Waiting on a Miracle’ Was Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hardest ‘Encanto’ Song to Write

“Waiting on a Miracle” by Mirabel Madrigal is Disney’s “I Want” song Encanta, composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This track posed additional challenges for Miranda, however, as the artist said a trip to Colombia brought him clarity.

Lin-Manuel Miranda created Mirabel’s solo song, ‘Waiting on a Miracle’

Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the New York premiere of Disney’s ‘Encanto’ hosted by the Hispanic Federation | Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Disney

Madrigals are a magical family, each with a unique power. Camilo can change shape. Antonio can talk to animals. And Mirabel, well, without supernatural power, she was still waiting for her miracle.

Mirabel Madrigal is the character behind “Waiting on a Miracle”, a song included in the Encanto soundtrack. Miranda wrote this piece. Miranda also created the Oscar-nominated ‘We’re Not Talking About Bruno’ and ‘Dos Orugutias’ charts.

During an interview with VarietyMiranda said Mirabel’s song was the most difficult Encanto track to compose.

“The song ‘I want’ is always difficult,” Miranda said. “You have to do the whole movie to understand the journey that Mirabel has to take and what the question will be, so you have to go in reverse.”

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Lin-Manuel Miranda said ‘Waiting on a Miracle’ was ‘written’ after a research trip

From Mulan’s “Reflect” to Elsa’s “Let It Go” to Ariel’s “Part of Your World,” Disney is known for its “hero/heroine” anthems. With Mirabel telling a unique story, she needed a solo song with so much individuality.

“Disney has such a crazy legacy of great songs, you have to get it out of your head,” Miranda added in the same Variety interview. “What finally unlocked ‘Waiting on a Miracle’ was getting back to listening to the music we recorded on that research trip.”

“There were so many Colombian waltzes that were in three quarter time,” he continued. “In my head, I had to write a great Disney pop anthem. But once I committed to three-quarters of the time, the song wrote itself.

With “Waiting on a Miracle” written in a different time signature than the other Encanto songs, Miranda pointed out the “quirky” personality of her family’s character. Of course, Colombian music inspired this song. (Most of the tracks on the Disney soundtrack featured elements of Latin American music.)

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Lin-Manuel Miranda created solo songs for Luis and Isabela Madrigal

With so many “Incredible Madrigals” members, not every character performed a solo song. Mirabel’s two sisters were introduced by Miranda, however, with Isabela performing “What Else Can I Do?”

Isabela went from “Señorita Perfecta” to a free-spirited person in this Encanto song. One of the production’s most popular songs, “Surface Pressure”, tells the story of Luisa Madrigal.

Miranda’s older sister, who also took on the added emotional weight of her family, inspired Luisa’s laments over hidden stress. Since its debut on Spotify, the track has racked up over 95 million streams, surpassed only by “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”.

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