I watched a lot of Sesame Street with my children when they were young. It was not purely out of a sense of fatherly duty but also because I thoroughly enjoyed the program and thought that it was one of the best things on TV. In fact, I remember a lot of more of the sketches and songs than my (now grown) children do.
Just yesterday, I suddenly remembered this delightful music video We All Sing With the Same Voice (My Name Is You).
The message of tolerance, diversity, inclusion, friendship, harmony, and universality in this song is done so much better than the cloyingly sentimental It’s a Small World or We Are the World, both of which I got sick of after just one hearing, while I can listen to and watch this video repeatedly and it always brings a smile to my face. It reminds me how clever the songwriters for Sesame Street were.
This particular song was written in 1981 by Sheppard Greene and J. Philip Miller. One thing to notice is the section that deals with family variety, where different children sing:
I’ve got sisters one, two, three
In my family there’s just me
I’ve got one daddy
I’ve got two.
Back in the 1980s when I first heard this, I assumed that the ‘two daddys’ reference was to blended families and referred to a father and a stepfather because in 1981 gay couples could not adopt a child anywhere in the US. But who knows, perhaps the people at Sesame Street were ahead of their time.
If such a song were introduced now, we would hear the immediate screeching of bigots that young children were being indoctrinated with the sinister ‘gay agenda’ and demanding that a perfectly wonderful song and video be yanked.