Dude Song: Epic Lebowski E-mail
Written by Chalupa   
Friday, 04 December 2009 12:43

On Episode 35 I mentioned an email we received from Phil about a project of his.  He has been working on translating The Big Lebowski into an epic poem and was asking for some advice on a few details.  I didn't really have answers for him and tried to point him to a couple other resources.  I was having trouble figuring out exactly what this would be, but luckily I stumbled upon a post on his blog.

http://thephilwells.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/listen-to-a-dudesong-excerpt

Here you can read what Phil has to say about and also check out a link to a podcast called The Road to Shambala where Phil was interviewed.  I started listening to the episode, but became bored 15 minutes in and found out from Phil I just needed to jump ahead to the 41 minute mark.  Phil is interviewed for about 10-15 minutes before he gives an epic reading of his poem.  He reads the first part of chapter two which is the scene where The Dude meets Brandt.

http://theroad2shambala.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/exit-9a-sledgehammer-thesis/

As Phil started reading I wasn't really sure what to think.  The lines were rhyming and all I could think of was The Night Before Christmas or something from Dr. Seuss like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.  But then it started growing on me.  This is pretty cool.  I'm not sure if I'd want to read the whole thing, but I'd most definitely listen to it in a book-on-tape format.  Or maybe I could get Liz to read it to me.  My original thought was Phil just re-wrote the script into a line-by-line poem format, more of a re-ordering.  That could not be farther from the truth.  A lot of work was put into this.  Besides changing the language, Phil adds in many details seen and heard in the scenes that are not reflected in the dialog.  This is a creative masterpiece.

If you listen to the interview, you'll hear Phil say he's not sure what will happen next.  He'd like to distribute this, but isn't sure what kind of copyright implications he might run into.  This is not just a flippant blog post or a message board entry.  I think this is a stand alone work of art based off of an existing work.  To Phil, I'd like to say, "And a good day to you, sir!"

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