Song of the Week: “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” by Stars

I’m introducing a new feature to the Panorama of the Mountains blog, a “song of the week” post.   I’m going to try to highlight one current song a week that I like and want to share with others.   My hope having recently turned 39 is to keep up with current music trends rather than lolling about in nostalgia.

The debut song for this feature is “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” by the band Stars.

I like the epic 80s-style synthpop vibe and the female vocalist who sings toward the end is reminiscent of Kate Bush.

This of course brings up the problem of liking new music only  because it sounds like old music.  It seems that much of the current music I like is reminiscent of 80s era punk and New Wave or 60s/70 soul in some revival or another.  If you’re reading this and know of music that is truly unique and representative of the 2012, let me know in the comments.

Sesame Street A-to-Z

For my final post in my series of tributes to Sesame Street on its 40th anniversary, I challenged myself to find a Sesame Street song for every letter of the alphabet.

Of course you always sing the entire alphabet at once:

Or this way:

And you can even dance it out:

Thanks to the Muppet Wiki for helping me find some of these songs.

Sesame Street: COOKIE!

I may identify with Oscar the Grouch, but Cookie Monster is my favorite Sesame Street Muppet of them all.  If you ever meet my mother, ask her to tell you the story of the time I got Cookie Monster dirty.  I’m pleased that love of Cookie is genetic as my son is a big Cookie Monster fan and a Cookie Monster doll is among his favorite toys.

The Mystery Box skit with Kermit shows the comedic genius of Cookie Monster:

Of course there is also the fine dramatic performance of Alistair Cookie and “Conservations With My Father”:

Cookie Monster also knows how to get into the holiday spirit by writing to Santa Claus:

Part 2 & Part 3 of “Cookie Monster Contacts Santa” are also online showing his omnivorous ways.

Cookie Monster is such a presence that he even has his own letter of the alphabet:

By the way, if you’ve heard and spread the rumors that a “politically correct” Sesame Street has turned Cookie Monster into Veggie Monster please read the debunking of this urban legend on the Muppet Wiki and realize that this monster has always been more than just cookies.

Cookie reflects in this interview about his unique eating style:


Sesame Street at 40

Today is the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street which debuted on November 10, 1969.  I’m dedicating my posts for the rest of this week in tribute to this pioneering children’s show that is one of my all time favorite television programs of any genre.  I was part of the first generation to watch Sesame Street back in the 70’s and now I’m watching it again with my son.  The show has changed much over 40 years as has the way we watch it.  Peter & I have never watched an actual full episode together but rely on clips from the Sesame Street website and YouTube as well as Sesame Street DVD’s.

Related post: Book Review: Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis

Here are some clips of Sesame Street’s finest moments:

An early opening with the famous theme song shows some distinctly urban scenes.  At a time when cities were falling to ruin and thought to be scary it was nice to see how fun they still were:

The Muppets are the stars of the show and some of the best segments are when they interact with ordinary kids.  Here is Herry Monster counting with John John:

Of course, the Muppets were great all on their own.  Grover teaches us the difference between near and far in this famous skit:

Sesame Street also is the source of many a memorable song.  My son & I sing Ernie’s “Rubber Duckie” pretty much every night at bath time:

When actor Will Lee died in 1983, Sesame Street acknowledged the death of his character Mr. Hooper in what may be the saddest six minutes in children’s television history:

Kids who grew up in my generation were endlessly frustrated that the adult characters on the show would never believe Big Bird when he talked about Mr. Snuffleupagus.  Snuffy was finally revealed in 1985 at a time when Elmo was first becoming a prominent character:

Speaking of Elmo, Big Bird, and Mr. Snuffleupagus, my son loves this song.  I admit it’s rather catchy:

More posts and more memories to come this weekend.

Alternate coverage on the Sesame Street anniversary: