A short while back, I wrote here about the show, Snoopy!!!, which was the follow-up to the big hit, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown -- though it was written by different songwriters. (The original show had a score by Clark Gesner. The sequel was by Hal Hackady and Larry Grossman.)
As I mentioned at the time, the challenge for Snoopy!!! was to come up with a song to end the show as strong as "Happiness" was for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown -- and they accomplish that task with "Just One Person" (which many people now associate with the Muppets).
But Hackady and Grossman actually had an equally impressive accomplishment, writing a score that's every bit as charming and tuneful and fun as the original, even if it's far less known. But when it got done as a trimmed-down animated Peanuts TV special, it at least was brought to a huge audience.
As wonderful as "Just One Person" is, there are a lot of other songs in the show that I love. And this here is perhaps top of the list. In fact, it might be my favorite in the show -- "Everything You Can Be." Rather than play it from the original cast, here's the animated version with the Peanuts gang. It's a real tongue-twister of a song, and the adults voices on the cast album might handle it slightly better, but the visual images of the animation help keep track of what's being sung, as well.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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