Thursday, November 22, 2007

12. John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together
Okay! Listen to it before you judge it! This is good stuff. I LOVE the Muppets and, heck I even really like John Denver. Sue me. The amazing thing about a Muppets CD is that it’s really a bunch of guys in a studio singing in funny voices, but what you hear, and what you seen in your mind’s eye, are the lovable Muppets. But beyond the novelty of listening to puppets sing, the songs are very touching, especially when combined with the heartfelt earnestness of John Denver. It seems that back in the late 1970’s John and the Muppets were always getting together, for one reason or another. They blend so seamlessly that I almost think that maybe John Denver was a Muppet. Some of the songs on the CD are only Muppets (and all of your favorites are here -- Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo, Rolff) like “The Christmas Wish” -- sung by Kermit, and some are just John Denver -- “Noel: Christmas Eve 1913”. But, of course, the best songs are the ones that they sing together. Highlights are “The Twelve Days of Christmas” -- which descends into madness and “Silent Night” -- which opens with a narration of the story of how that most beloved of all Christmas Carols came to be written.

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