Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

The Troubled Troubadour

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

The Troubled Troubadour

Article excerpt

The Troubled Troubadour is a gentle but powerful story of a ukulele playing troubadour's journey toward death. The troubadour seems to be riding in a boat (maybe on the River Styx?) poled by his companion. In reality, however, the boat is on wheels riding on a railroad track. On his journey the troubadour meets masked children who think he is the God of the Mountain and take him to meet a princess. The princess is unable to speak, but as the troubadour plays for her, she finds her voice. As he leaves the princess, she whispers that she knows he is not the Mountain God. He replies that she is correct. He is the God of Music. The moral is that music gives voice to many who are otherwise without voice.

Eventually, the troubadour comes to a tunnel. His companion tells him "ready or not" the time has come. But his companion also tells the troubadour that he will be okay. The troubadour stalls, but when his companion disappears he is left alone with nothing but the tunnel ahead of him. As the troubadour goes through the tunnel, he meets the most important people in his life- the people he must reckon with now that he approaches death. The first person he meets is his pregnant daughter who tells the troubadour that she forgives him. …

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