Soundtrack in my head: Steve Zuckerman “Capital I Song”
Blame Sesame Street for my decision to live in a co-op house. It’s all because of this 1971 Sesame Street short called the “Capital I Song”. It was supposed to teach me about the ninth letter in my ABC’s, but apparently a more sinister plot was unfolding the entire time.
Okay, not really, but I saw this a few years ago and it just dawned on me recently that it might be on YouTube—which it is. It really made a strong impression on me for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that the cartoon characters look like they’re living in, well, a co-op house.
Second is that the sweet little folk rock tune sounds VERY much like a tune from that period—the sound and the melody give me instant flashbacks to my early, early childhood of the late 60’s and early 70’s. I have a theory that says that young musicians are very influenced by music from their early childhood. I think that’s why a lot of 80’s music has 60’s influences, a lot of 90’s music has 70’s influences and a lot of current music has 80’s influences.
And having a number of people living in a house together. Singing while cooperating with chores. Dressing weird. My parents have sometimes teased me about being “a product of the 60’s” since I was born during that decade. That may be true, but it’s THEIR fault.
And as for the similarity in shape between the capital “I” and the current house I live in—well, I’m not going to even go there…