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Monday, March 2, 2009

The Hello Song

Monday March 2nd. Today we have 15 inches of snow on the ground, the Dow Jones industrial average is falling like a rock (below 7,000 for the first time in a dozen years), and I can't get "The Hello Song" out of my head.

Actor David Paymer plays a person who is psychologically challenged residing in a mental institution, and he is obsessed with the word "Hello." It is pretty much all he says for the duration of the movie: "Crazy People" (1990) which stars Dudley Moore and Daryl Hannah.

Emory (played by Dudley Moore) works in Madison Avenue as a top advertising executive, but is beginning to have a nervous breakdown from all the pressure. He sent to a psychiatric hospital to recover. By way of a comedy of errors his fellow patients begin collaborating with him on advertising slogans and ideas. From this creative synergy the "The Hello Song" is born.

This YouTube clip leads up to "The Hello Song" and includes some background scenes.

Ever since seeing this movie, I've been struck by the economy of text in this song. It's actually very well constructed and phrased.

It is easy to see how someone can be obsessed with the word "Hello."

It's much better than "Goodbye."

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