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I Met the WalrusED PARK • I. Has anyone seen/heard of I Met the Walrus? It’s nominated for an Oscar, for Best Animated Short Film.

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview. This was in the midst of Lennon’s “bed-in” phase, during which John and Yoko were staying in hotel beds in an effort to promote peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries traditional pen sketches by James Braithwaite with digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message.

II. Anent “Hello Goodbye” (comments on previous post): I just noticed that the chorus of Mott the Hoople’s “All the Young Dudes” vaguely resembles that of “HG”…Well, the first part of the chorus. Sort of.

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3 Comments

  1. Speaking personally, I would never want to be caught with only one prong on hand.

    Ed Head, you’re absolutely right about the melodic similarities between “Hello” and “Dudes.” Hello, dude!

  2. Avatar Ed wrote:

    I am singing a lot these days (to Duncan), and when it gets late my mind gets hazy…and songs tend to blur into each other…

  3. Mollie Mollie wrote:

    If you sing “All the Young Dudes” to your baby, you’re the coolest dad ever. I think someone should do a mashup…

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