Posted on | May 19, 2010 | 1 Comment
by Nou Dadoun
When the final installment of the Shrek franchise opens this week, there is apparently a new character named The Pied Piper who makes people (and ogres) do crazy things with his flute playing. The music is taken from a piece called “Nightmare” from a classic release on the ENJA label called Outlaws with Jeremy Steig on flute and Eddie Gomez on bass.
There’s actually a hidden synchronicity in that; Shrek is based on a kids’ book written by Jeremy Steig’s father – the wonderful William Steig who wrote an oddball series of left-of-center kids books that are much-beloved (especially in my family – my 6 and 10 year olds love them). William Steig was also a regular cartoonist for the New Yorker back in his heyday. His wife (Jeremy’s mother) was also Margaret Mead’s sister but that’s another story.
Supposedly the producers had Jeremy Steig in the studio to record new tracks for the voice of The Pied Piper and then decided to use older material that he’d recorded with Eddie Gomez on Outlaws.
I first noticed the William Steig/Jeremy Steig connection on an animated version of one my favorite William Steig stories called The Amazing Bone (slap forehead here) for which Jeremy and Eddie Gomez did the music. It’s unfortunately not on youtube but I did find it on a Chinese website – you can skip Shrek and check out The Amazing Bone here.