Sesame Street Taught The ABCs Of Music Appreciation On ‘In Harmony’

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If faced with the unimaginable option of choosing between losing my sense of hearing or sight, I would without hesitation choose lose my eyesight. I bring up this morbid observation because, as an audiophile, there have been times in my life when music has literally brought tears to my eyes, my body reduced to a quivering, inconsolable mess. Pharaoh Sanders' "Astral Travelling" and Idris Muhammad's "Loran's Dance" do these things to me. And when I glanced upon In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record in a local record store a few years ago, my eyes welled up with tears, unable to explain to anyone just what this record meant to me.

My parents bought this record for me when I was about four-years-old. It was the first time I felt that there was music tailor-made for my age group. The Doobie Brothers and Ernie and Cookie Monster contributed songs, as well as Al Jarreau and George Benson. There is a reason that this album won a Grammy in 1981, but it's a shame that Jarreau's "One Good Turn" failed to chart as a single when it was released. Now that I'm a mother, my own son demands that these two songs be played over and over again, and I know that I've done well in raising another audiophile who can appreciate great music.  

Al Jarreau: "One Good Turn"

George Benson & Pauline Wilson: "A Friend For All Seasons"

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