After yesterday’s slight diversion to Paul Williams, we head back to the 1990 Memorial Service for Jim Henson. While I recognize seeing at least part of this video (though there’s no particular reason I’d see part of it and not the whole thing) and may have posted it long ago, I can’t recall – and so if I don’t remember posting it, it’s well-worth posting today. This is a medley of Jim Henson’s favorite songs from a wide range of recording sessions the Muppets did.
What stands out, beyond even the fun and sometimes goofiness of the songs is the great affection the Muppet performers clearly have for each other. This was sung by toward the end of the memorial – and in fact turns out to be the medley when ends with the singing of “Just One Person” that I’ve previously posted as a standalone song, and had thought was just performed standalone. It may even be better in this medley video coming as it does in full context. Though in some ways it’s brilliant when standalone, as well.
One note: at the 5:30 mark, they sing two songs -- “Halfway Down the Stairs” and “Cottleston Pie” which caught my attention. These are actually poems by A.A. Milne, the first from his collection When We Were Very Young and the second from Winnie the Pooh. Both were put to music by Harold Fraser-Simson, and originally recorded on an album sung by a fellow named Frank Luther. It had a long life as a very successful children’s album, and we had an old copy in our house. And I remember it (and even these two songs) with immense affection. But then, I also still have a copy of When We Were Very Young (and Milne’s other poetry collection, Now We are Six) as well as the two Pooh books, so I’m well-covered.
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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