The other day we went to see Harold and Maude. If you haven’t seen this movie, I suggest you do.
I first saw the film when I was fourteen. In those days I spent a lot of time alone. I remember one time I watched the movie three times in a row. I connected with Harold’s alienation and morbidity.
I also wanted to be more like Maude. Couldn’t I be resilient, and eccentric, too?
And the MUSIC. The soundtrack is entirely done by Cat Stevens. Entirely. The only other movie I can think of that utilizes one musical group is The Graduate (Simon and Garfunkel).
The piece is inspired by the scene where Harold and Maude walk through the cemetery — not too complicated. The writing in the sky is from the script. It was a pain writing the Mother’s lines.
You’ll notice that the date on the tombstone is 1993-2073. In 2073 I will be 80. Strange thought. I won’t give away the movie, but Maude turns 80 at the end of the film.
It just seems like the perfect, ripe age.