I bought a copy of The Muppet Movie soundtrack on vinyl sometime last year. Though, it wasn’t until the other night while I was packing up my old room that I put it on and listened to it for the first time. Immediately, a wave of fond memories of my childhood love of The Muppets came rushing back, and I stopped packing for a minute, sat down, and really took the music in. Listening to the songs by themselves, without the inherent visual absurdity of talking frogs, pigs, bears, and whatever Gonzo is accompanying them, it was the first time I really payed attention to the songwriting of the film’s composers Kenny Ascher and Paul Williams.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen The Muppet Movie, so I forget in what context the above tune, sung by Gonzo, appears. However, for me, as somebody who has struggled with a lot of depression and anxiety in my life, it really struck a chord for me. Sometimes, over the years, I go through periods of things seeming pretty bleak. I look around at my peers, many of whom seem so effortlessly content, and I’ve sometimes wished really hard that I could just be like them. Yet… I’m not. And the depression and anxiety from time to time are just part of the package that comes with being me. Fortunately, there are songs like these, delivered with such passion and beauty, that serve as reminders for me, that things change, and I’ll get back to where I want to be sometime down the road.
I’ve enjoyed a great many songs by The Muppets in my lifetime, but the above, “I’m Going To Go Back There Someday,” might be my all time favorite. Ascher and Williams really crafted a marvel of a tune with this one; a unique piece that resonates with me, and I’m sure many others, on a truly deep level. Listening to songs like these, I find myself ever thankful for The Muppets.
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