Saturday, August 29, 2009

It's Not Easy Being Green

YouTube: Kermit the Frog, 40 years ago. I loved The Muppet Show as a kid. Jim Henson was a genious. It was written for the Sesame Street by Joe Raposo in 1970. Ray Charles did a fantastic version in 1989.

One comment:

My lil nephew used to break out singing this when he had the blues. Boy! Talk about blue! We used to giggle, but he was so serious!


Here's another comment:

1969. New York. So much racial tension goin' on. So Jim Henson asks "what can we do to help kids feel better about all this racial stuff?"... How about Kermit accepting his own color in front of them? Subtle, deep... effecting, soothing. This is the earliest version. There is a more famous version. But this one - so raw - so careful to be true to the children... this one makes me weep.

2 comments:

vegetablej said...

Lovely! I agree with commenter No. 2, so honest and moving for kids of any age.

Martin J Frid said...

Thanks VJ, good to hear from you. If you teach kids (of any age, background or level) isn't this such an inspiration.