Musical Monday

OK, I don’t have any idea who these people are, this is one of those random videos floating around the internet– but it made me smile really big, and then cock my head to the side like the RCA dog and clasp my hands under my chin and bat my eyes and say, “Awwww…” and then it made me suddenly decide I WANT A TODDLER RIGHT NOW and then Russ ran out of the house like his hair was on fire.

So, you know, that’s a lot of bang for yer buck from a 52 second video.

Enjoy your Monday– I’m off to clean the entire house in about 45 minutes, fluff my flower arrangements and hide the laundry because….

Yeah. Another house showing.

I mean, “YAY! Another house showing!”  ( <—-   Dear Real Estate Mojo– That right there is proof of my cheerful attitude in the face of House Showing Hell. So it might be nice if you kinda stepped it up a notch. Love, Tori)

15 Responses

  1. jonny

    Sweet !! I want one, too; and no fair, you’ve already had TWO !! = )

  2. bettyrwoodward

    No I definitely don’t want a toddler now! I do know what you mean though but think I’ll keep to the grandkids now.
    We had a great time in New Zealand and I really didn’t want to come home. It is a most beautiful country

  3. Cynthia

    Darlin stop; take a deep breath, and remember that spurts of sensational cuteness like the one exhibited in the video are not all there is to it. think – and remember, use logic, (Or take a cue from Russ; and run like crazy)

    Picture it – 3:00 am when the one in question can’t sleep, and she decides to wake up mom and dad singing TV jingles. You or Russ exhausted, not as young as you once were (Nothing against either of you, you still look great in your pictures) are bone tired after a hard day, toothpicks can’t even begin to hold open your eyes, now @ this point which scenario looks best, getting up to try and coax a wide eyed 2 yr. old back to bed and hopefully sleep, or rolling over and dreaming of decorating that new house, minus a baby nursery.

    We all have the odd weakness, but you’re strong, you can overcome w/ the best of them.

    Have a great week!

  4. JanetB

    I have cats. Three of them. (At one time, I had four…but I’m way too old for that again.) Patience is almost 16 (and a total diva); the boys, Mason & Tucker, are just about 2. And those two are perpetual toddlers: I’m constantly telling them “No!” and “Get down from there!” and “Stop wrestling or someone will lose an eye!”; they are poop factories, mostly because they eat everything in sight (even non-edible fare – Mason LOVES rubber bands); if they’re not eating everything not nailed down, they’re knocking it over; and they are soooo adorable…when they’re asleep.

    Tori, dear – the next time you get that urging, you may borrow my boys. They’ll make you laugh until your sides hurt, but they’ll kind of be like grandkids – you’ll be really happy when they go home!

    (Side note: Next time, a video of Russ’ frenzied exit would be great. Thanks.)

  5. rachelbaker

    Daniel(just turned 4: Who’s that?
    Me: I don’t know really, a girl and her daddy.
    Daniel: That’s weird.

  6. LindaB

    GRANDCHILDREN, Tori! GRANDCHILDREN! They’ll make you deliriously happy, but you can still sleep at night and leave your house without a dizzying amount of planning and equipment, walking through a minefield of assorted toys, and inspecting your clothes for strained carrot stains and “spit up”. You’re gonna love it!

  7. LindaB

    BTW, what is that tune? I think it may be from a TV show, but can’t remember it. Help!

  8. jonny

    “Mah Nà Mah Nà” is a popular song written by Piero Umiliani. It originally appeared in the Italian film Sweden: Heaven and Hell (Svezia, Inferno E Paradiso). It was a minor radio hit in the U.S. and in Britain, but became better known in English-speaking countries from its use in the 14th episode of Sesame Street, the first episode of The Muppet Show, and also from its consistent use as the primary silent comedy sketch scene music for The Benny Hill Show.

    Original version

    “Mah Nà Mah Nà” debuted as part of Umiliani’s soundtrack for the Italian mondo film Svezia, inferno e paradiso (Sweden: Heaven and Hell [lit. Hell and Heaven]) (1968), a pseudo-documentary about wild sexual activity and other behaviour in Sweden. The song accompanied a scene in the film set in a sauna which gave its original title “Viva la Sauna Svedese” (Hooray for the Swedish Sauna). It was performed by a band called Marc 4 (four session musicians from the RAI orchestra) and the lead part was sung by Italian singer/composer Alessandro Alessandroni. The song also appeared on the 1968 soundtrack album released for the film.

    Versions by the Muppets

    Aside from its notoriety from The Benny Hill Show, “Mahna Mahna” became familiar to many from its renditions by the Muppets on television. In 1969, the first season of Sesame Street featured a sketch featuring two Muppet girls who are unsure of what to do, until they decide to sing a song, enter an unusual-looking short, shaggy-haired male Muppet character who begins singing “Mahna Mahna”, prompting the girls to join him. None of the characters had names at the time, but the male Muppet who led the “Mahna Mahna” call-and-response was eventually given the name Bip Bippadotta, so as to differentiate him from the official Mahna Mahna character that would be developed later on.

    On 30 November 1969, “Mahna Mahna” was performed on the The Ed Sullivan Show by three new and more fully detailed Muppet characters. The male Muppet character was now purple with wild, orange hair and a furry, green tunic, while the female Muppet characters were two identical pink alien creatures with horns and cone-like mouths (with yellow lips) that always remained open. At this point the male Muppet was given the name Mahna Mahna and the female alien creatures were referred to as The Snouths (as a portmanteau of “snout” and “mouth” since their mouth also served as their noses). The song “Mahna Mahna” was played at a slower tempo and given a more playful, quintessential “children’s”-style arrangement as opposed to the previous arrangement which was slightly reminiscent of the early 1960s Calypso.

    In 1976, on the first episode of The Muppet Show to be recorded (featuring Juliet Prowse), the 1969 “Mahna Mahna” routine from The Ed Sullivan Show was reworked and used as the first sketch with the same characters and a new recording of the last musical arrangement. The Muppet Show became an immediate hit and “Mahna Mahna” was the highlight of that episode. As a result, the original Piero Umiliani recording finally became a hit in the UK (#8 in the UK charts in May 1977), where the Muppet Show soundtrack album featuring the Muppets’ version went to number one. It was at that point that the name “Mahna Mahna and The Snouths” was given the incorrect credit of “Mahna Mahna and The Snowths,” which has served as the definitive spelling ever since then. Meanwhile, later on in that same episode, a snippet of the song “Lullaby of Birdland” is ‘hummed’ during one of the improvisational passages, as part of a running gag involving “Mahna Mahna”.

    The later Muppet TV series Muppets Tonight (1996–1998) revisited it in a sketch with Sandra Bullock where Kermit the Frog visits a doctor to complain about weird things that happen to him whenever he says the word phenomena, namely the Snouths suddenly appear with musical accompaniment to sing their part of the song.

    In the Muppets version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” at 00:02:25, the Snouths make a cameo appearance, singing the titular lyric.

    The song is performed in the 2011 Muppets film, where various celebrities sing with the Snouths in the end credits

  9. Cynthia

    Last year it was also used in the Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper commercial.

  10. jonny

    Yep, it’s a popular one = )

  11. jonny

    “Several ads for Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper appeared on television in 2005. In one, a young woman on a blind date at a restaurant who sips the beverage suddenly imagines her narcissistic date, restaurant patrons, and even a waitress as all part of a fantasy musical sequence involving The Muppets’ version of the song “Mah Nà Mah Nà””

    If anyone is interested, here is the whole Mah Nà Mah Nà Wikipedia page —à_Mah_Nà

  12. tori

    See how much you can learn hanging around the ‘Bloomr?! Small j, you are a wealth of knowledge, thank you!

  13. tori

    (Is it wrong that now I want a toddler that I can name Mah Na Mah Na?)

  14. jonny

    Maybe the name of your next rescue ?? = )

  15. Barbara M. Lloyd

    Well, it’s Friday and I bet that video was as cute today as it was on Monday.

    As for wanting a toddler, check a party shop, they rent out most everything. But don’t rush those sweet Taff girls. You’ll turn around a couple more times and there will be toddlers bouncing on both Russ’ knees.

    Continuing to pray for that doggone house to sell!

Leave a comment

If you have already registered an account with us, log in to post a comment.

If you do not have an account, please setup a username to confirm you aren't a devil-spammer-from-Hell. A password will be sent to the email address you provide.