WIZARD OF OZ/DARK SIDE OF THE MOON COINCIDENCES ARE UNBELIEVABLE
In the 1990's we all started hearing a strange rumor.
The mystical story was that if you play the movie "Wizard of Oz," turn the sound down and instead, play Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon," (beginning it when the MGM lion roars the third time) a series of incredible coincidences will happen:
*Words that are being sung on the album will directly match actions on the screen
*Songs will start and end in synchronization with different scenes
*Conceptual and abstract themes will clearly be associated between the film and record
The response from most of us hearing this was simply,
"What stoner was watching 'Wizard of Oz' and happened to turn down the sound and played 'Dark Side of the Moon' and came up with some far-fetched ideas?"
After all, we were part of the "Paul is Dead" experiment when amazing coincidences in Beatles songs, pictures and albums all revealed that Paul McCartney was dead and had been replaced by a substitute. And this was the way for The Beatles to reveal the truth to us.
Since the 1990's, the rumors of the "Wizard of Oz" and "Dark Side of the Moon" have resurfaced and been dismissed because when the album was recorded in the early 1970's, there was no VHS or DVD, and it would have been impossible for the group to have even obtained a copy of the film, (studios locked their films in vaults and nobody had access to them) let alone been able to construct such an intricate venture without the use of digital technology.
Since it's 2010 and we now have YouTube and other videos and recordings available to us instantly, I decided to revisit this magical story and see for myself.
In a startling surprise, everything that has been said about the coincidences is true.
It is mystical, perplexing and verrrrrry creepy.
These are just some of the things I observed, having viewed it with no expectations:
1. Dorothy is balancing herself on the fence for a few seconds exactly when the words "balanced on the biggest wave" is sung.
2. When Miss Gulch (the Wicked Witch) enters the picture on her bicycle, bicycle/alarm bells sound instantaneously.
3. When Toto escapes from the bicycle basket and hits the ground, the line "Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town" is sung.
4. In Oz, when the wicked witch wearing black appears, the word "Black" is sung in perfect timing.
5. When we see the two witches together (the good witch and bad witch), the words sung are: "And who knows which is which." A different usage of the word, but a shocking coincidence.
6. The album begins and ends with a long sustained heartbeat. On the ending heartbeat, Dorothy knocks on the Tin Man's chest, exactly where his heart should be.
There are many more. These are the ones that had me stunned.
I can only explain this through logic and then mysticism.
These are the possibilities:
1. Pink Floyd actually did obtain a print of the film and pulled off one of the greatest technical media masterpieces of all time.
2. It is a series of coincidences that defies probability and logic.
3. The universe is playing the ultimate cosmic joke on all of us.
This phenomenon which is now called either "The Dark Side of the Rainbow" or "The Wizard of Floyd" is currently available for you to experience yourself.
Take note that Warner Bros., the owner of the great MGM musical, continues to have the clips removed from YouTube but people keep putting them back up again.
The best is the full synchronized 45 minutes, available at:
Watch it for yourself in its entirety and see if you are not also mesmerized.
All musicians have influences.
Even John Lennon.
When he wrote the #1 hit "I Feel Fine" in 1964, an older song existing from 1961 would have been easily forgotten and very outdated.
"I Feel Fine" is my favorite Beatles song. I play it a minimum of 100 times a year.
That's probably close to hearing it 5,000 times when all things are considered.
Its hypnotic riff and infectious harmonies together with its upbeat cheery theme
make it one of their ultimate classics.
I know a lot about The Beatles. And it's always great to add to that knowledge base.
I learned today that John Lennon had a favorite record that was released in 1961 called "Watch Your Step" by Bobby Parker that the Beatles even performed in their early UK/Hamburg shows.
You only need to listen to the first 30 seconds or so to understand: