Music From Childhood: The Point!

There are albums from my childhood that I will treasure for all of time. I don’t know about you, but I find I have an instant appreciation for those who have listened to and loved the same albums from yesteryears as I have. The Point! by Harry Nilsson is one of those albums for me.

On a side note, it was also made into a cartoon narrated by Ringo Starr. Watching The Point! in cartoon form is highly recommended and can be fun for the whole family!

For those who don’t know, The Point is a musical fable, telling the story of a boy named Oblio who was born with a rounded head. This was unusual considering everyone else in the town was born with a pointed noggin. There was a strict law in the land of Point which stated that everything within the land must have a point. Due to this unfair circumstance, Oblio was banished to the pointless forest. As a law abiding citizen of Point, Oblio accepted his fate and set off on his journey with the company of his best friend and pet dog, Arrow.

I won’t tell you any more about the story, ’cause I’m not a fan of spoilers. I find it better to experience this musical fable first hand.

The songs on this album are brilliant, as pretty much all Harry Nilsson songs are. They are an awesome combination of silliness and thought provoking content. As an example, here’s one of my favorites songs on The Point! called “Think About Your Troubles”:

Another fun fact, many of you may be familiar with Blackalicious’s song “Blazing Arrow” released in 2002:

Here’s the song from the The Point! that Blackalicious sampled from:

I love it when musical genres collide and are sprinkled with nostalgia!

What are your favorite albums of your childhood? Have they come back to tickle your eardrums in sample form via some newer releases? Please share with us your childhood musical goodies!

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