Have to share this quick as it gave me such a thrill this morning, and of course in honor of Sesame Street's 40th! Thank you, Sesame Street, for all the great music we heard as kids. The clever fella at Cover Lay Down calls it Andrew Bird's "torchy, francophilic take on Bein’ Green..." (*Lyrics below, if you want to follow along in English.) Listen soon; I don't think he keeps tunes up for ever. Cover Lay Down is a great place to hear new music, mostly of the folk or rock persuasion, though as the title suggests, he focuses on "Folk covers of familiar songs. Reimagined versions of folk songs. Because in the folk tradition, music belongs to the community."
Another good blog for this sort of thing is Keep the Coffee Coming (and the title is close to my heart). She posts folk songs on the weekdays, all kinds of stuff on the weekends, and seems to include more that is older/traditional/blues...
More Sesame Street (Joshua Radin), courtesy of Cover Lay Down.
And then there's the real thing:
ARTIST: Muppets TITLE: It's Not Easy Being Green Lyrics It's not that easy being green Having to spend each day the color of the leaves When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold Or something much more colorful like that It's not easy being green It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water Or stars in the sky But green's the color of Spring And green can be cool and friendly-like And green can be big like an ocean, or important Like a mountain, or tall like a tree When green is all there is to be It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why Wonder, I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful And I think it's what I want to be