Thursday, June 04, 2009

Candle on the Water

I’m twenty-seven now.

This number has left me at a loss for what I should write. I suppose I could generate something based off what Wikipedia claims are the various significant properties of the number. Or I could once again note the strangeness of this day being the birthday of not only myself but also Angelina Jolie and Horatio Sanz, a fact that would seem to render all birth date-based horoscopic predictions irrelevant. Or I could attempt to count the ways in the past year has helped me grow and change a person — a process that might render this particular blog post shorter than my usual ones.

I’m not going to do any of that — at least not in the early hours of my twenty-seventh year as a person. No, I’ll just note the strange, inauspicious way this new year began for me: Unable overcome the limits of iTunes and make the newest, long-awaited episode of the now-cancelled Pushing Daisies play, I had no choice but to turn back to the previous episode, which I would have watched before Christmas. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this episode, “The Legend of Merle McQuoddy,” happens to be one extended homage to a childhood VHS favorite, the 1977 Disney film Pete’s Dragon. It’s true. Not only do most of the characters introduced in this episode owe their names to Pete’s Dragon in one way or another, but also significant plot points are drawn from the movie as well. The most direct reference of all, however, would be that Kristen Chenowith’s character — Olive Snook, who may prove to be the part of Pushing Daisies that I’ll miss most — sings a brief part of the love theme from Pete’s Dragon: “Candle on the Water.”

I have absolutely no recollection of hearing this song as a child. Perhaps I eschewed ballads event then. But, also, perhaps twenty-seven years of being a person have taught me to find some meaning in Helen Reddy’s words. Is that what getting progressively older is? Finding Helen Reddy significant?

I wonder if I will have once again forgotten about Pete’s Dragon when I’m twenty-eight. I wonder if the rest of June 4 will turn to, in fact, be a Brazzle Dazzle Day.


  1. So, first of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

    Second, I ADORE Pete's Dragon and even though I did recognize the song from the episode of PD I completely missed the reference.

    Finally, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, again.


  2. Happy Birthday, dear Drewseph.

    Strangely enough, I wouldn't have placed this song with Pete's Dragon, but it was a song that we used to sing all the time when I was in dance classes when I was five or six. I had a casette tape with this song on it that I'd play for DAYS. I just had a MAJOR nostalgia trip right now. Goodness.

  3. Anonymous4:19 PM

    I prefer "It's Not Easy" from the same film, but "COTW" is a great song.

  4. Alice: Good to know I'm not the only one the allusions slipped by.

    Bri: What kind of dance could you possibly do to this? Something slow, with flowy scarves?

    Marvi: What about "Brazzle Dazzle Day"?

  5. Funnily enough, I do not recall the dancing: just the song.
    Let's presume it was something pretentious with scarves, though. Thinking of a group of five year olds doing a pretentious scarf dance amuses me.

  6. SO I hope you get email notifications for new comments, because I am posting this here. But, guess what? I just found out that the narrator of Pushing Dasies is Jim Dale, who plays the doctor who tries to catch Elliot the Dragono for his potions on Pete's Dragon.

  7. Alice,

    I hadn't realized that. How cool. Thanks for the update.

    The other notable connection Dale has to Pushing Daisies is that he played the lead in a movie called Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World, which, of course, seems like a possible source for the name of Ned's dog on the show.

  8. I didn't know that. I miss PD. :(