Friday, April 13, 2007
The Point by Harry Nilsson part 3
This is the third installment for my Harry Nilsson shrine, bewreathed and candled as if I were the celebrant raising this cup of youtube above my head and offering it to you, my readers. This is the part of the service where the kids are getting antsy, the blessing is nearly done:
"Take. Eat. This is my youtube which is given for you, do this in remembrance of Nilsson."
Unfortunately! The videos are craptacular. Oh well, at least it gets the point across (seriously, no pun intended there. I'm not even that lame)
So, anyhow, this song is called Life Line and its probably the prettiest song on the album with descending harp plucks, a lilting melody that is echoed by a bunch of Nilssons and flutes that sound sampled but I'm not so sure about that one.
I'm particularly impressed with the simplicity of the vocal dynamics versus the harmonies, not so much in the album version but this alternate take from the 2002 remastered album. One can really appreciate the writing process when Nilsson plays the song solo on the piano with only a couple of backing vocalists and an organ in there too.
The video is strange and takes place in the narrative immediately before Oblio and Arrow (the boy and his dog) begin walking through a forest of not so subtle vaginal openings disguised to look like some kind of weird foliage. This is particularly interesting because the vaginal imagery begins when this song plays, and its pretty easy to spot. I wasn't entirely sold on the notion that the giant pit Oblio looks into is vaginal until I saw the two droplets of white "tears" fall into the pit. Am I insane? let me know if I'm insane, cause I don't really see the video in any other way now.