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Someday We’ll Find It, the Rainbow Connection

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While I am relatively new to the Muppets (I didn’t watch them as a kid), I have had the pleasure of getting to know them over the past few years. And mainly, I have begun to know them through song. While there are many songs that are fun and entertaining, I have come to find myself as a lover of Kermit the Frog because his songs are hopeful and sad at the same time. Moreover, they’re simplistically beautiful in their own right. But two of my favorites are “The Rainbow Connection” and “It’s not Easy Being Green.” Although on the surface they appear to be simple songs about looking for the significance of rainbows and contemplating being someone else, they both have deeper meanings that transcend our simple little Muppet and apply to our lives on a daily basis.

I find that “The Rainbow Connection” is about hope to some degree. We all hope for things but we never know what we’re going to get. It’s about a desire that holds us and wants us to pursue it. Overall, a beautiful and brilliant song.

I know that this isn’t the “It’s not Easy Being Green” that we know from Kermit. But I think that this one might be my favorite. Occurring at a tribute shortly after the death of Jim Henson. A song about being proud of who and what you are, and knowing that while you may question, you are important and powerful in your own right…. Also, with it being sung by Big Bird about the dead Kermit / Henson, it takes on a special degree of sadness and power (it makes me cry every time…)

I love Kermit and feel that I to am one of “the lovers” and “the dreamers” that he refers to…

Written by uncannynerdyguy

November 16, 2011 at 12:01 am

Music and Its Soothing Effects

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I know that it’s kinda corny at times to think about phrases like “music soothes the savage beast” or more profound ideals like Anais Nin’s “music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together,” but I feel that music can do a lot of these things. Within the past few weeks, I have been a little stressed to say the least (to say the most would not be fun) and haven’t been able to find my focus due to things that are going on in my life. However, tonight, instead of letting myself get bogged down in my own thoughts and crummy feelings, I spent a little while on youtube.com looking up musicals and opera because they intrigue me. Before I knew it, I had spent a care free hour listening to everything from “It’s not Easy Being Green” sung by Big Bird at a Jim Henson tribute (which is heartbreaking) to “Glitter and Be Gay” (a song from Candide the Musical) to The Queen of the Night Aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute. All these songs help me in ways that express a little of what is going on in my head.

It’s a song with a beautiful sentiment to memorialize the memory of Kermit and the man behind him. It also helped to listen to something that was a little blue.

With this one, “The Queen of the Night Aria” performed by Diana Damrau is beautiful and exciting and sort of helps punctuate all the anger, frustration, and angst I’ve been feeling…so yeah…

This last one was just for fun because I needed something to help lift my dark mood. “Glitter and Be Gay” performed by Kristin Chenoweth is pretty amazing because it is light and airy while dealing with some pretty depressing ideals (i.e. she is betrothed to a random duke or other…). It’s a perfect mood lifter…Overall, I feel like this may have help me run a full gambit of emotions while not really thinking about it…while this may not seem healthy or logical to some people, music helps me move along in my mentality and to think through things…maybe you do the same thing and don’t even realize…