Monday, May 04, 2009

Joe Raposo's song "Wonder Child"

I remember being in my grandfather's high-rise apartment in Philadelphia sometime in the mid-to-late 70s. I was sitting on the bed in his bedroom. An off-white Zenith TV with a thick, noisy spring-loaded button metal brick remote sat on a stand in front of a large window overlooking the 30th Street Train Station. On the screen, a fuzzy PBS station was airing Sesame Street, and Helen Reddy was singing a song that has been stuck in my mind's infinite shuffle playlist ever since.

Of course, where else do I find it but YouTube, the ever-present fountain of nostalgia?



Lovely song. But then I discovered the Ritchie Havens version, also on Sesame Street and possibly the original version of it:



Tricia and I love this version even more!

The song was written by the late Joe Raposo, the primary musical force behind the early Sesame Street and The Electric Company years. Probably best known for his "Bein' Green" song sun by Kermit The Frog. Musically, he's got a trademark sound built upon flutes, piccolos, glockenspiels, chimes, harpsichords, player pianos, 70s funk bass and guitar, random sound FX and banjo. He believed very strongly that children should hear music from everywhere else, and that it wasn't over their heads.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

My 1970s Childhood TV Experience: The Krofft Supershow


Oooh, boy. They don't make shows like this anymore, do they? Kids minding their own business in a park are given balloons by some stoned adults in crazy spandex costumes who lead them them to downtown Atlanta.
Don't get left behind!
Take a trip with us today...
We will lead you to a land of dreams.
Krofft has some super shows;
They will blow your mind away
When you join us, you'll know why we say

Chorus:
It's just a crazy world
where anything goes down
and most of what appears isn't true
And in this crazy world
We like to be downtown
And laugh at life along with you...

The Krofft Super Show (x2)

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Friday, March 28, 2008

My 1970s Childhood TV Experience: Jabberwocky

I was a young boy near Boston during the early 70s. My portal to imagination was all the crazy children's TV programming on TV at the time. You're probably familiar with famous shows like Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Schoolhouse Rock, and Mr. Rogers. But there were also now largely forgotten, local programs produced, and some have stuck with me. I can't remember the episodes really, just the theme music and a bit of visual imagery.

Take for example, Jabberwocky, a show with a Gilliamesque animated opening sequence and a tune that is difficult to remove from your head once you hear it:
I've been looking for any sign of this show for years. (The Museum of Radio in NY did not have it.) Never expected to actually see it again. Thank you, youTube and Internet video!

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