40 Greatest Influences of the last 40 years #30 Bert and Ernie Sing-a-long (and the rest of Jim Henson's Empire)
Whether is was the endless dayly episodes of Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Muppet Babies on sturday mornings at 7:30am, John Denver and the Muppet Christmas album ("budum bum bum") Fraggle Rock, or even Master Yoda in the Empire Strikes back, the influence Jim Henson exerted on me in my formative years is undeniable.
But of all the Muppet creations, Bert and Ernie Sing along has had the most profound influence.
As I mentioned in the He-Man post, from a young age I became best friend's with my tape recorder and I would rock the Bert and Ernie Sing a long tape non-stop. I still have the tape but no way to play it.
Living Hand in Hand, which closes out the first side of the album, is probably my all time favorite song. It introduced me to a deep booming baseline that has made me believe that I love Jazz music even through I have never actually heard any. I have only come to appreciate it more as I have grown up and become ever more involved in social work and managing helping relationships.
It was my dad who turned me on to the Muppets and I always think of him when I see Waldorf and Statler.
(I also associate my dad with the Genesis Video for Land Of Confusion, which is more Muppet like Puppets, because he really liked it and my mom thought it was gross).
Well the influence continues on to the next generation. I just have to say "Alexa Play Bert and Ernie Sing-a-long by Sesame Street," and after about the 3rd time, she plays it. Then I say "Alexa Loop" and this is the lullaby that keeps my sons safe through the night.....