Over on our Facebook page I recently shared with our fans where ideas from songs come from. Sometimes the ideas pop into my head and I have to search for a pencil to scratch it down before it’s lost to time. Other times ideas are more obvious and are inspired by daily life.
Here’s the first verse of a tune that Coleman sings in the show:
Oh it make’s be kinda bitter,
To see all this litter thrown all over the ground-ground-ground.
It makes me wanna scream, to see tires in a stream,
when they should be spinning round-round-round.
This song was inspired by the litter that I pick up nearly every morning while taking my daily walk around my neighborhood. It makes me sad that the people who throw their trash on the ground do not care about the place where they live enough to keep it nice and clean.
When I was growing up I remember watching TV public service announcements that featured the costumed character Woodsy Owl (another way to say BIG puppet). Back then children were encouraged to “Give a hoot, don’t pollute”. Are today’s youth missing that message?
When Coleman introduces his song in the show, he expresses how sad it makes him feel when he finds litter strewn about the forest and picnic grove. I hope that a little bit of his song is lodged in the minds of the children watching my puppet show so they remember that “every litter bit helps”, and help keep our planet a cleaner place.
Here’s Woodsy Owl’s tune that found it’s way into my childhood memories: