What’s That Song? Enya in Eighth Grade
Bo Burnham might have once been known solely for his efforts as a stand-up comedian, but the past year has turned him into something more: a director. Burnhamâs debut directorial effort, Eighth Grade, has been receiving rapturous reviews from both critics and audiences for truly capturing what itâs like to be an eighth grader in 2018.
If youâve seen the film, as many have (and as many more will undoubtedly be doing soon), you may remember a montage which shows its lead character, Kayla, whipping her way through a variety of social media platforms. The song thatâs playing during this portion of the film is none other than Enyaâs âOrinoco Flow,â which was a massive hit when it was originally released in 1988.
In an interview with Leigh Blickley of The Huffington Post, Burnham explained how he was able to secure permission to use the song:
Burnham: I had to write a âDear Enyaâ letter so that we could afford it. Yeah... writing a âDear Enyaâ letter is very funny. I thought I was going to have to tie it to a salmon and put it in a river. Like how do you make contact with Enya? A smoke signal?
Me: Was it a humorous letter?
Burnham: Genuine. No, genuine. For example, the letter ended âsail away.â Truly, âsail awayâ were the last two words.
Me: Did she respond to you in letter form, too?
Me: You just magically got the OK?
Burnham: Yeah, yup. Thatâs all I needed.
So there you go! If you havenât yet seen Eighth Grade, we highly recommend that you do so. Itâs that rare film where critics and audiences are both equally in love, and given how rarely those sorts of films come along, you know it must be a must-see.
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