Sunny Days…

Hey y’all! Today is Sesame Street‘s 40th birthday! I can hardly believe it … seems like just yesterday I was watching the show as a child. Of course then watching it with my sisters and then watching it with the children I babysat. My mom tells me that as a child, I would insist on watching the show again that afternoon even though I had seen it that morning and that I would insist it was a different episode even though it was a repeat. Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers got me through my childhood with an emotional attachment that I rarely see in others. I still get sucked in when I catch an episode now…

Sunny Day
Sweepin’ the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street
Come and play
Everything’s A-OK
Friendly neighbors there
That’s where we meet
Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street
It’s a magic carpet ride
Every door will open wide
To Happy people like you–
Happy people like
What a beautiful
Sunny Day
Sweepin’ the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame street…

In honor of Sesame Street’s 40th birthday, Bakerella created Street Pops and they’re amazing! She’s super talented anyway … but these are fantastic. Seriously folks. You gotta check them out! And for your viewing pleasure I’m also attaching the video for “It’s not easy being green”. The Muppets have always held a special place in my heart (especially when they sang with John Denver for a Christmas album) and Kermit The Frog was always a favorite. Remember when he used to do the “Hi-ho, Kermit the Frog here!” for Sesame Street News Flash? My favorite was the one where he interviewed Don Music, who is trying to write “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, but he can’t come up with a word that rhymes with “snow”. Kermit suggests that Don try another angle, which leads to Don writing the hit song “Mary Had a Bicycle”.

In closing I’d just like to remind y’all that the late Jim Henson was the mastermind behind all of this and without him I don’t know what childrens television programming would be like today. God bless him, may he rest in peace. On September 26, 1992, Henson was posthumously awarded the Courage of Conscience Award for being a “Humanitarian, muppeteer, producer and director of films for children that encourage tolerance, interracial values, equality and fair play.” He was such a brilliant man and he is surely missed. I know he’s watching us and all he’s created and I hope he’s smiling. 🙂  

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