Monday, January 06, 2020

Heads Or Tails – O

Heads Or Tails – O


Heads or Tails prompt this week is “O” or anything starting with the letter “O”

O, well that just conjures up all kinds of good warm feelings but I will not go there right now.

I am going with the movie/musical Oliver from 1968. I have always loved the music from this movie although I am not sure why. Most of the songs are just dark and sad, but maybe that is precisely why.

It is an adaptation of a Charles Dickens tale which I have always wanted to read but never quite found the time.

Oliver is an orphan who gets sold to an undertaker because he asked for more food at the orphanage. He sings a song about his mother and love after being locked into the room with the caskets which breaks my heart even more now that I am a mother.

He runs away and runs into the Artful Dodger (side note: played by Jack Wild who was in H.R. Puffenstuff-I always found this so exciting as a kid. Hey that’s Jimmy from H.R. Puffenstuff.) who brings him to Fagin, a sort of father to lost boys. Fagin has a wonderful way of turning young kids into thieves.

The movie, not really a kid movie (I watch many times before I was 11) featured, child abuse, thievery, prostitution, murder and a self inflicted hanging.

Oliver won 5 Oscars in 1969. It was a work of art and the songs were beautiful.

Where is Love, Who Will Buy, I’ll Do Anything, and As Long As He Needs Me are all beautifully written, heartfelt songs.

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