Forgotten Classics: “Movin’ Right Along”

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If you’re of a certain age, hearing the first few notes of The Muppet Movie’s “Movin’ Right Along” will take you back to a time of wonder, youthful ideas about the world, scissors, glue, and animal crackers.

If you’re of a certain age, hearing the first few notes of The Muppet Movie’s “Movin’ Right Along” will take you back to a time of wonder, youthful ideas about the world, scissors, glue, and overdosing on animal crackers.

It was written by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher, as were all the songs on the 1979 soundtrack album (which also includes “The Rainbow Connection”). The duo were nominated for Oscars for both the soundtrack and “The Rainbow Connection,” which received a sizable amount of radio airplay at the time.

Williams, who released several solo albums, also wrote hits for Barba Streisand (“Evergreen”) and Three Dog Night (“Out in the Country”).

But really, what could be more lovely than “a frog and a bear, seeing America?” One thing strikes me as I revisit this video: hand puppets probably shouldn’t be allowed to drive cars.


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