On the list of things I find annoying, the Feist counting song / iPod commercial and the new format of Sesame Street would both be on there somewhere. Not as high on the list as say drivers not using their turn signals, gladiator sandals, or Kenny Chesney. But annoying nonetheless.
Anyway... I've mentioned before how the Feist tune is catchy but irritates me. And as for Sesame Street, well, let's just say I'm a Sesame Street purist. Before the format change I was known to watch it from time to time even as a childless adult (what else are you supposed to do on a sick day?). I own the behind-the-scenes book, Sesame Street: Unpaved. "Ladybug Picnic" is one of the ringtones on my cell phone. I hate Elmo. I am old-school. I can't help it. I'm a child of the 70's. It's sacred. Just like Star Wars. And if you monkey around with it too much it's sacrilege. So this newer, Elmo-centric, monotonous, not-clever, not-funny Sesame Street is exactly that. Sacrilege.
But redemption is always possible, my friends. And so I give you a sneak preview into the 2008 season of Sesame Street and probably one of the more adorable things I've seen in a while:
I also read that James Blunt will be on at some point this season to lament the loss of his favorite shape in "My Triangle." If I ever get wind of a Kenny Chesney/Elmo duet though, it may be the end of me.
P.S. All of this made me want to see REM singing "Furry Happy Monsters" and lo and behold, it is on YouTube as well: