“Substitutiary Locomotion” from Bedknobs and Broomskicks (1971)
This is one of the musicals I remember hating less than all the others when I was growing up. (I’m working on a post about how Elias’ love of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has given me pause in my distrust of musicals.) Elias seems most excited about the dancing shoes. We watched this three times before he was ready to switch back to the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang soundtrack. I’m glad that Elias’ first memories of Angela Lansbury will be of her as a vibrant young woman and not a withered detective. Not that there’s anything wrong with Jessica Fletcher. Internet tells me that Murder She Wrote was the longest-running detective series in television history. You’ve got your work cut out for you, Bored to Death.
“Mah-Na Mah-Na” from Sesame Street (1969)
Sesame Street at its very best. The little guy, Bip Bippadotta, reminds me of a jazzer who plays aloof, when in actuality his whole routine is an intuitive build-up. Like a cuddly Charles Mingus. Elias likes to dance to this. According to this site, the song was written by and Italian composer for a documentary on Sweden (?). You are awesome, internet.