Sam Recommends: “Think About Your Troubles” by Harry Nilsson

I had a hell of a time trying to decide which Harry Nilsson track to share with you lovely people. In the end, I chose “Think About Your Troubles” because of the beautiful video that accompanies it, which is an excerpt from The Point, an amazing animated film that Harry Nilsson (who wrote/performed the entire score) and Ringo Starr (narrator) worked on together in 1971.

In my mind, Nilsson is the fifth, more eccentric (and more American) Beatle who was more than content to get a little (or a lot) weird making music on his own.

As one of my dad’s favorite artists, Harry Nilsson’s music was a staple of my childhood. We listened to Harry Nilsson on nearly every road trip we ever took as a family, and while my sister and I complained the first few times, we eventually were happy to sing along.

Harry Nilsson’s music makes me feel calm, imaginative, and happy. And I hope it will have the same effect on you.

If you enjoy the video, I recommend renting The Point and watching the entire movie. It’s a trip, with or without the help of hallucinogens. And if you’re in the market for some more Nilsson after that, here are just a few of my favorite tracks:
“Me and My Arrow”
“Don’t Leave Me, Baby”
“Open Your Window”
“Wasting My Time”
“Miss Butter’s Lament”
“I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City”

(Song recommendation by Samantha Lamph/Len)

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