I admittedly was a little too young for the Muppets when they originally aired on CBS in the later 1970s and early 1980s, but I remember watching re-runs of The Muppet Show as a kid, and of course, the various Muppet movies came out while I was growing up. I had an actual record of the John Denver and the Muppet’s Christmas album that I’m fairly sure I wore out my second grade year. (At least, I remember taking it to school with me and we played it in class.) We all learned “The Rainbow Connection” in youth choir. I even, tragically, saw the Muppet Treasure Island movie on date, and yes, it was my idea. I was already ridiculously excited that there was a new Muppet movie coming out, written by Jason Segel. Now, there’s a new album called The Green Album, full of fantastic covers of classic Muppet songs, including “Rainbow Connection” and “‘Bein’ Green,” perhaps one of the best statements of about accepting difference. NPR’ s All Songs Considered has the collection live streaming. The accompanying article does a much better job than I of describing the enthusiasm that this collection enjoins. I’m just all sorts of giddy (though that could also be the coffee.)
And there’s even an OK Go video of them doing the theme song. Pure genius.