Composer Danny Elfman, 63, On Looking Back

Time Magazine: You’ve said in the past that you’re not a big fan of revisiting your old work. How do you feel revisiting The Nightmare Before Christmas these last couple of years?

Elfman: I don’t go backwards unless I have a reason to. This all started with the Elfman-Burton concerts. I had a reason to go backwards—I had to create 15 orchestral suites for an evening. One of the producers said, “What about getting up and singing a few songs from Nightmare?” And I said, “Why not?” Then six months later, I called and said, “Did I say I was going to sing?” And they said, “Yeah.” And I said, “Well, let’s change that.” And they said, “It’s too late.” I was like, “Sh-t.” It seemed like the dumbest idea in the world. But I got out there and sang five songs and found I’d enjoyed it. I agreed to continue it. When I can get the original cast involved, it really is fun."

Full interview on Time Magazine