It’s raining here, and me and Miss Bee have been being all ‘to hell with learning through play’ and blobbing out in front of the toob. The Youtoob, that is. We found ourselves surfing through clip after clip of a particular genre: well-known pop songs kid-ified for Sesame Street.
Most of these songs weren’t controversial to start with, but for the Street they’ve been stripped of even their ‘damns’ and their subtlest sexual innuedos, and given wholesome or educational messages.
Feist teaches us to count to four:
Jason Mraz tells us how much better it is to play outdoors:
Katy Perry berates Elmo for his capriciousness:
Norah Jones wonders where the letter ‘Y’ is:
Then a few that are, I think, originals. Bruno Mars’ ‘Don’t Give Up’:
Will.I.Am’s ‘What I am’:
Call me cheesy, but I love ‘em.
The zeitgeist can be a bewildering and potentially even scary place for a kid, but savvy media like this can welcome them, in a non-patronising, non-intimidating and non-dorky fashion (that’s Sesame Street in a nutshell, I guess), into ‘grown-up’ culture. It’s hard not to let it warm the cockles of your heart, right??
Are you a fan?