Today we commemorate with a special edition music post the ending of all songs starting with the letter ‘A’ in the music library project. Below is India Aria singing the ABC with Elmo. This lovely song is good refresher training to remind us which letters come next in the alphabet. Also if my maths is correct since we have officially concluded letter ‘A’ that leaves us with 25 letters. Given the quantity of songs remaining and my current posting rate of three song posts a week, this project should conclude in 320 weeks from this point. In 6.15 years give or take we would be done if I refrained from adding new songs to my library, which is highly unlikely. So 7 years is my best guesstimate.
According to Muppet Wiki: India Arie Simpson (b. 1975), known famously as India.Arie, is a two-time Grammy Award winner R&B singer-songwriter. She sang “The Alphabet Song” with Elmo in Sesame Street Episode 4100 and a song about jumping on the video Happy Healthy Monsters.
I really enjoyed watching Elmo sing with the stars when my kids were younger. Some of my favourite guest appearances include Jason Mraz, Ricky Gervais and Andrea Bocelli. Also the highly acclaimed documentary film Being Elmo (see image inset) about the puppeteer behind Elmo – Kevin Clash was released in 2011.
According to wikpedia:
The film focuses on Clash’s early career in Baltimore, Maryland. It covers his meeting and interactions with Sesame Street creator Jim Henson, puppet maker Kermit Love, and the phenomenal success of Elmo. Clash joined Sesame Street in 1984.
So to officially sign off to the letter ‘A’ in the music library I present to you India Aria singing the ABC with Elmo:
I grew up with this show like many did. I saw it some in 2000-2002 when my son was growing up. Jim Henson was a special person…This was fun to see today.
I don’t remember Elmo so much growing up, like I did Bert & Ernie, the Cookie Monster and the Count.
You’re right – Jim Henson created a gift which keeps giving for children and adults alike.
Elmo wasn’t a big deal from what I remember until later and they started to build him up.
Bert and Ernie were my favorite.
Yeh, if he started in 84, I probably wouldn’t have seen him, since I was 10 by that year. I second that about Bert and Ernie.
I watched it with my newphew in the late seventies…such a fun show.
Yes it was. I was glued to the screen. lol I ended up downloading some theme episodes for my kids so they could enjoy them too. It’s surprising I haven’t seen Sesame Street on cable tv here.
But… but… but in 7 years I’ll be older than parents, grandparents, all uncles, all aunts, when they kicked the bucket. I fear I’m not going to see ZED.
Noone fears not completing ‘Zed’ ‘ more than me. That reminds me of that Pulp Fiction quote ‘ Zed’s dead baby, Zed’s dead”.
Oh by the way Bruce, how was your walkabout?
I got toothache on the first day and am still walking around clutching my jaw like a zombie.
What terrible timing Bruce. I’m sorry to read that.
I am not looking forward to this impending pain coming to my teeth. I haven’t taken very good care of them and I already require many fillings, which I’ve been holding off getting done as I have other mouths to fill.
The hospital ripped out half of my teeth a year or so back – for free! But the government doesn’t pay for dentures, so I’ve been tearing my food like a ravenous lion with no chewing!
I see. ROAR! These are all things I look forward to.