Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Wizardry of Pink Floyd

Very few albums have ever transcended through time and space to become as recognized as Pink Floyd's album, Dark Side Of The Moon. Although Psychedelic Rock is not for everyone, the album was able to break through many musical biases and soon became the staple of the bands success. Upon its release, Dark Side Of The Moon remained at the top of the billboard charts 741 weeks (1973-1988). It then proceeded to sell nearly 50 million copies world wide, making it one of the top-ten best selling albums of all time.

Although many people have heard songs from the album, and many more people have seen the film The Wizard of Oz, most are unaware of the synchronized connection the two share with each other.

It is a phenomenon that has been blowing the mind's of Pink Floyd enthusiasts since the 1990's.

It is unclear who first discovered the relation, but many viewers have testified to the seemingly perfect soundtrack the album provides. Of course timing is everything. The album must begin to play during the MGM lion's 3rd roar in order to experience the proclaimed relevance.

People interoperate both the movie and the music in different ways, but here are a few of the most undeniable match-ups.
  • During the opening track Breathe, Dorothy does a tightrope-like walk along the holding pen to the lyric "and balanced on the biggest wave."  
  • The line "no one told you when to run" from Time is sung just as the scene switches to Dorothy running away from home to save Toto. 
  • "Home, home again" from the Breathe (reprise) is sung just as the fortuneteller tells Dorothy to go home. 
  • "Don't give me that do goody good bullshit" from Money comes as soon as Glinda the Good Witch of the North floats in as a bubble. 
  • "Black... and blue" from Us and Them is sung when the Wicked Which of the West appears dressed in black. Shortly after, the lyrics "and who knows which is which" plays just as the two witches confront each other. 
  • The track Brain Damage begins at almost the same time as the scarecrow begins his famous song, If I Only Had a Brain. Brain Damage contains the lines "the lunatic is on the grass" and "Got to keep the loonies on the path," which plays just as the Scarecrow flops around like a madman on the grass, and then again on the yellow brick road. 
All of these connections take place during the first part of the film. This is because the album is only 42 minutes and 49 seconds long, so people only watch the first part of the movie.

The video below repeats the album through out the entirety of the film. Many people who have watched it claim to notice just as many connections being made in the second and third run-through.

Charlie Savage, a journalist with The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, says "The result os astonishing. It's as if the movie were one long art-film music video for the album. Song lyrics and titles match the action and plot, the music swells and falls with character's movements... expect to see enough firm coincidences to make you wonder whether the whole thing was planned."

Although the band has confirmed that soundtracking the film was not their intention, it is not surprising that so many people believed that there was some connection. In the end, it doesn't matter if the band planned the correlation. All that matters is how the audience interoperates the artist's work.

After all, that's the beauty of a true work of art.  

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