One of the most noticeable and much-loved parts of Sesame Street, which is currently in the midst of its 47th season and now broadcast on HBO, is its extraordinarily upbeat theme song which asks eager boys and girls (and let’s be honest more than a few adults) “Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street?”
It’s bright, shiny, enthusiastic and full of childlike fun, as it should be, since it’s the lead-in that’s meant to instil an air of eager anticipation for the kind of education that Sesame Street has found itself enormously talented at delivering.
And while it’s unlikley that the show will be changing its theme song anytime soon, YouTube user and talented singer/musician YOAG has made a good case for giving the show’s theme song, as part of his Will it sad? series, a little more melancholy and introspection than it usually possesses.
The results are strangely soothing and not at all depressing, proving that getting to Sesame Street may be just as effective if you slow down a little, stop and smell the roses (that begin with the letter “R”) and meander your way to the home of Grover, Big Bird and Oscar.
Maybe not all the time, but occasionally? I have a feeling even Oscar wouldn’t mind that.
(source: Laughing Squid)
For comparison, here’s the original theme song in all its cheery glory …