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Sunday, August 7, 2011

The setting does indeed always cast a different shade on anamorphic works of art

In quick followup to my last post, "Take These Broken Wings....", I could not resist doing a little digging into the allusion (sampling) of Paul McCartney's song Bluebird in Mr. Mister's song "Broken Wings".

It appears that both McCartney and Lennon were delving into the writings of Kahlil Gibran around the time the Beatles were making the White Album, as McCartney's Blackbird (and perhaps also the song Martha, My Dear) seems to be picking up on imagery from a couple of Gibran's short works, and Lennon's Julia makes an unmistakable quotation from another of Gibran's writings.

But...that doesn't mean that the Mr. Mister and Beatles songs are independent--it is also clear that "Broken Wings" is pointing both to the McCartney song and to the Gibran.

And, as a quick p.s., watch this short (only 7:42) film and think about how it could end in two entirely different ways, right up till just before the end of the film:

It illustrates, in a different way, how the setting (meaning, the reader's/viewer's/listener's assumptions) does indeed always cast a different shade on anamorphic works of art.

Jane Austen would have loved this short film!

Cheers, ARNIE

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