I watched Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?) over the course of the past few days on the FlixoftheNet. And what exactly does this have to do with Dads of Disability?
First of all, among the many hits he wrote for himself and others, he wrote what I think is the seminal “Dad” song of all time: the theme from “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.” You can listen to it here (OK, maybe “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin is better known and is a tie for “best Dad song.”)
Despite my son’s speech challenges, we can still sing that song together. He especially enjoys the silly “scatting”-like words at the end.
Secondly, the documentary shows that, despite Nilsson’s father abandoning him at age 4, he evolves to have deep relationships with a son from his first marriage and the children he had in his last. I think it is a pretty touching tribute to fatherhood.
Finally, it’s a great (if not a touch too long) documentary about a man whose musical influence usually goes unmentioned. Watch the doc, and you’ll see just how many of his songs you know and how many people he influenced. And how sad it is that we lost him so young.