“Nostalgia” says Don Draper. It’s delicate but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound”. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home.
Many have considered Don Draper’s powerful pitch for the Kodak Carousel in the finale of season one to be his greatest pitch. It certainly was to my ears. The music of Jon’s voice always captivated me, and I believe he was a major influenced in the way I composed for the show, as I often scored Don Draper’s scenes and less of the other characters. Just take a look on the youtube video above.
The Carousel from Mad Men is a great piece of writing by Matthew Weiner, as well as creative editing by Malcolm Jamison. But if it wasn’t for Jon Hamm’s performance, I don’t think I would have scored the scene as well as I did.
Check out The Carousel from Mad Men on YouTube and scroll through some of the comments and you’ll see how this scene has touched many people.