Blog No.40/Vlog No.2 – Part 10 of My Close Encounters of the Music Legend Kind: The #Muppets & Capitol Record Studios

Second vlog.

BLOG NO.40/VLOG NO.2 – IF YOU’D LIKE TO READ BLOG NO.39 FIRST, CLICK HERE, OR TO WATCH VLOG NO.1 CLICK HERE. If you’d like to read first why I wrote my 65 folk tracks, then click HERE to read that blog. (Blue text are external links, which will open in a new browser window.)

(Those getting this via email won’t be able to see the videos. Clicking on the title of the blog in the email will open it in a tab of your web browser. For those reading on an iPad, the videos will open in a separate browser windows and not play on the Page. Apologies but out of my control. If you see any typos, pease let me know. Thanks.)

If you haven’t read any of these, I always start with a confession: I thought I would do these Close Encounter blogs purely because I knew they would get more people coming to my blog site and, hopefully, listening to my folk music too. Well, I was right on the first count, but, judging by my site and SoundCloud statistics, I don’t think it’s getting many people to have a listen to my musical attempts. Hardly surprising, really, as most of those wanting to read these – include either current or budding puppeteers – are not that interested in folk-type music that is primarily about the history of a specific region of England. Just so you know, I have blogged about the other kinds of music I’ve done – see THIS one for example – and I will be doing more in the future. (I’ve added a couple of songs to the right-hand sidebar.) There, now I’ve done my confessional, on with the blog….

In my 40-odd years as an actor, puppeteer and movement choreographer in theatre, television and film I was fortunate and honoured enough to meet and work with some music legends – both human and places – from Elton John to Capital Record Studios in LA. It’s only recently that I realised music has been with me my whole adult working life, in one form or another, and I thought I’d share these ‘close encounters’ with you. So here is Part 10 of those encounters….

First a few apologies: a had a tickley throat throughout; the ‘camera’ moves at times because I did it via my laptop, which was on my lap whilst I sat on a glider (like a rocking chair); the footage jumps in a couple of places, for some reason. Apart from that, I’m amazed I got through it in one go! Hope you enjoy the stories.

The photo below is to give you some idea off the animatronic set-up I referred to. This one is from Ninja Turtles IIon which I performed the face of Michelangelo.

Below is the Muppets’ version of Under The Boardwalk. Bill Barretta and I even got to do some dialogue on this one as rats. The main vocals were done by Kevin Clash, the same guy who did the Baby in the next video, as well as Splinter from Ninja Turtles. He has an incredibly versatile voice.

Next is the music video we did for the Baby’s song on the Dinosaurs’ BIG ALBUM. (Unfortunately the sync is out a little.)

Below are all the song from the album on YouTube.

Thanks as always for reading and watching, and please, please, please rate the blog (star rating at the top) or leave a Comment below so I know how I’m doing.


12 thoughts on “Blog No.40/Vlog No.2 – Part 10 of My Close Encounters of the Music Legend Kind: The #Muppets & Capitol Record Studios

  1. Having a great time, wish you were here. Sounds like a post card doesn’t it? Mak, from the beginning to the final album what a post this is. ‘Dinosaurs ‘ was a part of my past viewing passions. I loved all the characters. Thank you for helping to bring them to life. You shared here so many great memories, some of which pull at my heart. I’ve seen the Capitol Records building, but have never been inside. I would have been in awe even to take a tour. Your voice did not sound bad on the video, in fact I felt privileged to be invited via your Vlog into your living room. The music is splendid also. Luv Anne Terri

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