"For Robert Altman’s 1980 film Popeye, he recruited Harry Nilsson to do the songs and Van Dyke Parks to do the film score. The songs were sung in the film by the characters, a la any musical, but the original demos of Harry singing them still exist.
Apparently Harry was not the clear cut choice to do the songs according to Altman, “Nobody wanted him at first except Robin Williams. Everyone said ‘You’ll get in trouble with him — he’ll get drunk; he won’t do it; he’s all washed up.’ As a matter of fact I said all of those things about Harry to Robin myself one day. Then I went home and thought about it and said to myself, ‘Jesus, that’s what some people are saying about me!’ So I called Harry Nilsson, because I had never met him in my life, and we got along terrifically.”
It’s raining in Albany tonight - a brief respite from snow and sleet, so I put on an old John Jacob Niles LP I haven’t heard in a while. A few tracks in on an album of mostly songs about gamblers and crooks, he sings about “a groat in exchange”. Above, as it turns out, is the groat, an old form of currency from 13th century Europe - beautiful.
Another rejected 10-minute illustration from work. We went with silhouettes to define the family as nothing more than ambiguous. One day a couple of happy dads will be okay on statewide printed material, I hope.
Two pictures from the weekend, in COLOR! Maybe I will start to post color, once a week… maybe. These were both shot in Chesterfield, Massachusetts - The Pioneer Valley. It was 18 degrees, but a beautiful day. Up top is me laying on an old postal route which at one time connected Boston, MA, and Albany, NY. Below is the hound dog, trying to keep his paws off the ice at the base of Chesterfield Gorge.
Here’s a taste of what went on underground in the first Cave Music Experiment. An hour was recorded - here’s a minute and a half. That’s me in the lower right corner, giddy that everything went according to schedule and we made it out before nightfall.