Hearts Beat Loud isn’t exactly a musical. But it’s the kind of musical I’ve always wanted to make—one in which the songs are grounded in real-life situations. There’s no breaking out into random song and dance, but the story is still told through songs and through the musical beats of the characters writing, rehearsing, recording, and performing those songs. Music is the mode of communication for these characters, the language they know and speak best. Given the level of anxiety in the world right now, it was very important to me to make a film that makes people feel good and that reminds them of the simple goodness in the world and in ordinary life.