One of the things that evokes childhood memories and emotions for a lot of people – of my generation, I suppose – is the the Muppets. These creations of the genius Jim Henson has impacted the lives of countless people from all walks of life, from the four corners of the globe. Truth be told, my memories are rather hazy, but I cannot deny the warm, fuzzy, happy feeling that the puppets bring.
Later this month, we are all going to be treated to a brand new music CD titled Muppets The Green Album. If you were exposed to the Muppets even slightly as a kid, I am pretty sure that there will be interest somewhere. The title of the album is obviously in reference to the Fabulous Four’s “The White Album”, but I think that this album of a different color just might make you happier. If you were/are an avid follower of Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, and the rest of the muppets, then you will most certainly love what the album offers. Here is the track list, together with the artists covering the songs.
- “The Muppet Show Theme” (OK Go)
- “The Rainbow Connection” (Weezer and Hayley Williams)
- “Mahna Mahna” (The Fray)
- “Movin’ Right Along” (Aklaline Trio)
- “Our World” (My Morning Jacket)
- “Halfway Down the Stairs” (Amy Lee)
- “Mr. Bassman” (Sondre Lerche)
- “Wishing Song” (The Airborne Toxic Event)
- “Night Life” (Brandon Saller and Billy Martin)
- “Bein’ Green” (Andrew Bird)
- “I Hope That Somethin’ Better Comes Along” (Matt Nathanson)
- “I’m Going to Go Back There Someday” (Rachael Yamagata)
Here’s the best part if you are impatient – NPR featured the album yesterday and they also offer the entire album for listening! You don’t even have to wait for the official launch of the album to actually hear the songs. I have listened to a couple, and I have to say that you ought to listen to the happy, trippy “The Muppet Show Theme” first. Follow that up with Rachael Yamagata’s cover of “I’m Going to Go Back There Someday” and you’ll be enjoying your Monday like nothing else!
Listen to the entire Muppets The Green Album, or individual tracks, over at NPR.