UL: Dark Side of the Rainbow

In 1939, L. Frank Baum’s tale of a young Kansas farm girl who gets transported to the magical land of Oz was immortalized on film. It’s impact is world wide. The United States Library of Congress selected it to be part of the National Film Registry in 1989. The British newspaper The Observer noted in 2007 that the film’s soundtrack is the greatest of all time.

In 1973, the English progressive rock group Pink Floyd released its album Dark Side of the Moon. Themes covered in the music of the album range from conflict and greed to mental illness. It is the most popular of the bands albums and is often ranked as one of the greatest rock albums of all time.

The internet newsgroup alt.music.pink-floyd joined these two disparate works in a way no one could have ever imagined, when in 1997, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette published an article highlighting the synchronicity of the movie and the album. If you watch the movie with your television muted and the album playing instead (timing is everything of course), many of the lyrics match up with the action of the film.

Unlike many urban legends, this one can be tested by anyone with a copy of the music and the album. Some say only a copy of the original vinyl album will work, others say that the CD works just as well. At the end of this story are links to various sites discussing the synchronicity. All of the members vehemently deny that this synchronicity was done on purpose, stating that people simply have too much time on their hands.

Perhaps it was done on purpose; perhaps not. Carl Jung himself defined synchronicity as “the experience of two or more events, that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, that are observed to occur together in a meaningful manner. The concept does not question, or compete with, the notion of causality. Instead, it maintains that just as events may be grouped by cause, they may also be grouped by their meaning. Since meaning is a complex mental construction, subject to conscious and subconscious influence, not every correlation in the grouping of events by meaning needs to have an explanation in terms of cause and effect.”

So perhaps it’s just a co-inky-dink?

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  1. I had heard about this, but I’ve never tried it…I do have both the vinyl and the CD of Dark Side of the Moon, so when I feel like getting my soul ripped out and hung to dry…I shall try this!

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