When I was growing up in the UK Sesame Street was never really on my radar. I knew of its existence as a kind of young kid’s version of The Muppets. To this day I love The Muppets; their series, films and skits on youtube. Animal was my favourite, closely followed by Kermit.
When Mr. T was still a baby we were inundated with videos about Galinha Pintadinha, which is a series of animated videos set to traditional, but updated, Brazilian songs. Every kid here loves these songs, and pretty much every parent I have ever met hates them. I was no exception and so I took to the internet to find some alternative songs to play to my son. The best ones I found were always Sesame Street.
I love the way they are educational, focus on inclusivity and stress a can-do attitude to kids. They also offer something to the parents with jokes and sketches based on contemporary TV series and news items.
So, in no particular order, here is a list of my favourite Sesame Street Clips.
Sesame Street has always appealed to the parents as much as to the children. These two clips of Stevie Wonder are just absolutely fantastic. I wish I had been a kid at these recordings, I would still be flipping out about them today, like I think the kid in the red top probably is.
You can’t get more 70’s than this.
This was the first non-Galinha Pintadinha song that my son showed an interest in and so, for that reason alone, I will be eternally grateful. When we watch this video today Mr. T can be seen banging the desk top as if he is playing the piano.
‘C’ is for Cookies
When I first showed this to my son he was a bit scared of the Cookie Monster. Nowadays he wants me to sing the song every time we see the letter ‘c’ in his rubber matting floor covering thing.
This one’s for my dad.
And this one’s for my mum. Also, I love the way it is so obviously live and the kids are really getting into it.
1, 2, 3, 4
Sesame Street is famous for counting songs and they must have millions of different songs on this theme. I had never heard of Feist before seeing this video, and I still haven’t heard any other songs by her, but this a great song to put your child on your knee and bounce him around in time to the music.
Furry Happy Monsters
This song reminds me of so much that I can’t write about here. I was about 17 when REM came out with Shiny Happy People and, while I was never a big fan, it was played at lots of parties and clubs. I love this video because of the memories and it just looks like so much fun.
Bert is prepared to wail and he has the shortest bass solo ever. What more do you need from a Ray Charles song?
This is another one that Mr. T likes to play the piano to whenever he hears it.
Surely everyone with an internet connection has seen this video by now. It’s the Muppets rather than Sesame Street, but I love it and Mr. T has grown to love it, especially the parts with Animal.
I was inspired to write this blog by reading Baby’s First Television Theme Song: snozingonthesofa.com