“Nostalgia” says Don Drapper. 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.
Don Drapper’s powerful pitch for the Kodak Carousel in the finale of season one has been considered by many to be his greatest pitch, it certainly was to my ears/ I was always captivated by the music in Jon’s voice, and I do believe he was a major influenced in my composing for the show, as I often scored Don Drapper’s scenes and less of the other characters.
The Carousel from Mad Men is a great piece of writing by Matthew Weiner, as well as creating 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.