Allow me to preface that it's a freakin' travesty that one cannot easily obtain the soundtrack to The Muppet Movie.
It sort of boggles my mind. I like the movie just fine but the songs are what stuck with me most. I had the vinyl at some point, I am sure, because I have pictures of me opening it up for Christmas. (I often wonder at what point these things just vanish.)
It also makes me sad that the Muppets are not as they should be anymore. Back in the days when Kermit had a soul, and when it was all the rage to be an actor and have the honor of second billing to frogs, bears, pigs, chickens and things....I believe Kyle said it somewhere best that when Disney got a hold of them, they didn't know what to do with them.
The Gay Expat did a podcast about Sesame Street, about the days before the evil red one took over, that was right on the mark. And really you haven't lived until you've heard Madeline Kahn and Grover singing to each other.
So we end up with things like The Muppet's Wizard of OZ. Which could have been great! But wasn't. Not just because the decapitated head of Kermit rolling around like a beanbag was slightly disturbing.
But all of that is not the point of all of this. Because today is a happy day.
Okay, so technically that whole brood were around long before I was. Although, really I'm not much older than The Muppet Movie itself. It was released the same year my sister was born, in 1979. So given that it was around quite a lot, I consider it one of my siblings.
A little bird told me to check my long, dusty PO Box and lo, before me was a present in the form of an assembled CD soundtrack to The Muppet Movie. To you, kind sir, please know you've made me happier than an astronaut who's just tasted real food for the first time since coming back to Earth.
I'm listening to it now and I'm thinking, if my autobiography had a subtitle it might be something like: "Everything I Ever Needed To Learn Was A Song In The Muppet Movie".
And now that I've just heard the Great Gonzo sing one of my favorite songs ever, I can go to bed a happy monkey.