Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
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YoB&E: Day 7--"Dance Myself to Sleep"

I guess I should say up front that today's feature is a song. Sesame music is somewhat notorious for being quite catchy, in order to reinforce the lessons, so the songs may get stuck in your head. Whether that would be considered a bad thing depends on your point of view, I suppose, but consider yourselves warned nonetheless.

I have to resort to a bootleg video today. There are several different versions of this song on sesamestreet.org, but for some reason they don't have the Bert & Ernie version available through official online channels. They do have it officially available on the Old School Vol. 3 DVD set, the best of the Old School series in my somewhat biased1 opinion.



This is a cute and clever song regardless, but once again, it is Bert's reactions that really make it laugh-out-loud funny. All it takes is his pained "Not again!" at the beginning to set me off.

This is another one of my all-time favorites, so I guess I'm not doing a very good job so far of spacing my favorites out. I specifically remember watching this one with my mom when I was little, and I remember that we both got a really big kick out of it. I remember her specifically enjoying "the Boogie-Woogie Sheep" and the line "And thank you, lammies." (Or would it be "lambies"? I don't like that spelling, myself, because it looks like the "b" should be pronounced.)

If you're enjoying this Bert & Ernie series and/or my other Muppet-related ramblings, you have my mom to thank for it (and if you're not enjoying them, I guess you have my mom to blame for it blame me for it; I'll take that responsibility). As she has told me on numerous occasions (which I don't really mind, by the way), she became a fan of Jim Henson and the Muppets early in the '60s, when she saw one of the many sketches they were doing on variety television shows during that time period and was immediately charmed. She was really excited, therefore, when she heard that he was going to be involved in Sesame Street. I was born about ten and a half years after Sesame Street premiered, and my mom made it a part of my daily routine, to the point that I can't remember the first time I watched Sesame Street, any more than I can remember the first time I ate breakfast or took a bath. And it has shaped so much of who I am as a person, from my sense of humor to my choice of college major, from my taste in music to my sense of self.

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1Old School Vol. 3 represents the Sesame Street of my childhood, and it something of a truism within the Muppet fan community that everyone thinks the Sesame Street of his/her own childhood was the best. With that said, I do sincerely believe that the full episodes featured on Old School Vol. 3 are the best and most interesting of the entire Old School series, and it also has behind-the-scenes footage, an interview and some commentary, which the previous Old School releases lacked.
Tags: family, internet videos, memory, music, year of bert & ernie
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