Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Can You Picture That

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.


Marty Gilbert said...

Thats the Simon i remember. You give and then you get what you need. That is what makes you a happy Monkey.
For years woked all the Sesame Street shows locally at the Auditoriun. One year as a spotlight operator. Not being at all fimilar with the charecters the LD called all lighting cues by charecter name. Opening of the show. LD "spot four pick up Bert in a number 3 frame. spot four, spot four, Bert Bert SPOT 4 #$%&@". My response "you got 15 guys down there rolling around which one is Bert" The BLUE ONE stupid , THE BLUE ONE. OH, OK. The light comes on just as Bert finishes his song. Timming is everything.
Big Bird in reality was always a big Black Guy. Did heads roll as wardrobe is wenching the head of his bird costume off after the show backstage. Some kids seeing this in amazment say "look mommy Big Bird is a N______." Careful what you say to children least you raise the next little racist basturd born here in the South.

After many years of them, yes i too loved many of the songs and still sing some to myself.

David said...

I too had the vinyl copy. I was a bit older than you at the time. I tried to learn Never Before on the piano. The Rainbow Connection still gives me chills.

Mike said...

I can't click through the Gonzo link here on my work computer, but I know exactly what song you're talking about. It's run around in my head, now and again, ever since I memorized it off of the original vinyl. It'll probably be echoing in my ears the day I die.

Signalite said...

I'm Going to Go Back There Someday
as sung by Gonzo

Written by Kenny Ascher and Paul Williams

This looks familiar, vaguely familiar,
Almost unreal, yet, it's too soon to feel yet.
Close to my soul, yet so far away.
I'm going to go back there someday.

Sun rises, night falls, sometimes the sky calls.
Is that a song there, and do I belong there?
I've never been there, but I know the way.
I'm going to go back there someday.

Come and go with me, it's more fun to share,
We'll both be completely at home in midair.
We're flyin', not walkin', on featherless wings.
We can hold onto love like invisible strings.

There's not a word yet for old friends who've just met.
Part heaven, part space, or have I found my place?
You can just visit, but I plan to stay.
I'm going to go back there someday.
I'm going to go back there someday.

Adam said...

Oh wow how cool! I had the christmas album on vinyl. I used to play it ad nauseum, even when it wasn't christmas time, on my fisher price record player.