There is a beautiful little fable that was written by the late, great Harry Nilsson long ago. It’s a musical wonderland called The Point. The Point (music album then 1971 movie narrated by Ringo Starr) is about a round-headed boy named Oblio, his dog Arrow and their journey through a pointed world. Like that unique red-nosed reindeer, Oblio is ‘different.’ His head is round while all other townies are privileged with pointed heads. Oblio wears a pointed cap to conceal his ‘pointless’ condition. Unlike Rudolph who’s shunned by his peers, Oblio is accepted, but there’s always an evil count lurking around some pointed tree.
As you have probably have surmised, Oblio’s round headedness gets him banished to the Pointed Forest – where no living person has ever made it out. Not only does Oblio survive, he meets an entire woodland cast of unique individuals, like the Rock Man. Each character encapsulates an interesting perspective on life. Oblio listens and learns. He eventually finds his way out and returns to the Land of Point where he speaks of self-acceptance and how “…everything has a point, so I must have one too…” The townspeople cheer and are glad to have Oblio back safely.
The Point by Nilsson, doesn’t only send a beautiful message, the music and lyrics are as utterly whimsical as they are magnificently melodic.
Inspired by all shapes great and small, I give you “Out of Shapes” Man-
Thank you and goodnight. May you wake with a round-head full of sharp wit…:-)