Sesame Street Turns 41: Turn it Up, Kick it Old School

In honor of Sesame Street’s 41st anniversary, we’re celebrating Music Monday over here – and we’re kicking it old school, yo!

Sesame Street: Old School, Vol. 2 [CD]

Fact: as an adult, but before I even had a bun in the oven, I owned Sesame Street Old School DVD Vol. 1 & 2. As a kid, I was always into the offbeat characters such as the green crime boss and his blue lackey Lefty – I’ll never forget the spoof they did of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” I still have an autographed photo from Gordon Robinson’s wife Susan. The “sad flower” video set to Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto in d major Guitar” always brought me to tears as a child – can you say emo?

Clearly I’m easily won over by all things Sesame Street, particularly the eps I remember from my childhood in the ’80s, which included lots of reruns from the ’70s. And now that Ollz is into preschool programming, ABCs, 123s, colors, shapes, animals, etc., this is a great excuse to indulge in The Street.

Case in point: the Old School CD music collections. Volume 2 features A WHOLE ALBUM dedicated to Ollz’s most-loved monster, Grover, in which he sings the blues (natch!). His songs with “Little Girl” are my favorite – she’s a cutie, but she lacks the patience necessary to deal with this oft oblivious monster and bails on him in “The Question Song.”

Do you remember Roosevelt Franklin?! DUDE! He gets his own CD, too! Am I cranking this in my car?! Heck yes! It’s groovy, it’s retro, it’s got soul. Oh, and there are lessons being learned (days of the week, months, safety, the ABCs and my personal favorite, black pride in “The Skin I’m In”). Say it loud!

Last but certainly not least, The Count’s comp plays like a radio broadcast featuring commercial spots, DJ banter and of course numbers’ greatest hits (with cameos by Tammy Wynot, Dolly Pardon and Jerry Lee Nelson – AH AH AH AH AH!). Ollz loves “Count it Higher” by Chris and the Alphabeats – a nod to “Twist and Shout.” “Four Big Lions” is  Johnny Cash-a-rific.

Suffice it to say, the Old School CD sets are must-haves for preschoolers you house, but let’s be honest, it’s a trip down memory lane (er, Sesame Street) for us, too.


2 Responses to “Sesame Street Turns 41: Turn it Up, Kick it Old School”

  1. 1 Hayidan's Intuition November 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Love it.. But have always wondered how one really gets to sesame street? I’ll Neva know

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