Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Space Lobsters

"nobody else is stronger than I am
yesterday I moved a mountain
I bet I could be your hero
I am a mighty little man"

We've been on a Steve Burns kick here. The boys are in a Blue's Clues mood, and it is hilarious to watch them shout at the TV and hear them sing the songs. If you're not up to date, Steve is 1. not dead and 2. now a rock godlet. We await his next CD, due out "soon", with bated breath.

Mommy has been checking out what Steve is doing at college- and the interviews he's been giving, and the other coolness he's been up to (gotta love a guy who randomly stopped by a kids' Blue's Clues birthday party because he saw the signs while driving by- just for fun, and because, well, he's Steve!). One thing that struck me was he said people are surprised when his real self doesn't match his TV persona- he isn't confused by colors and numbers, doesn't speak to condiments, and isn't "yokey-dopey."

But I disagree. In a way, he still is that TV Steve, in a gone-to-college kind of way. He has an excellent grasp of the absurd. This is a skill absolutely vital to raising and working with children, and perhaps more so with special needs kids (who can get through an IEP without a firm grasp of the absurd, and remain sane?)

So do check out our links to Steve Burns stuff. He's presenting himself the way children's TV folks ought to- maintaining an adult, but still wonderful and witty, persona that you would be proud to into your kids to when they get ready for grown-up stuff themselves. He's our hero. Like our Joey and our Andy, he's a mighty little man.


Ang said...

Hey!! I recognized those lyrics right away! Only another mother of a child so obsessed with Blue's Clues would understand :) We've actually moved on from BC, but for awhile there, it felt like I saw more of Steve than I saw my DH (he was working nights at the time).

Joe is great, but he just doesn't seem to have that certain "something" that Steve did... and I can't quite put my finger on it. Steve was certainly the right man for that role.

Anyway, thanks for keeping us posted on his new CD. I'll definitely keep my eye out for it!

Osh said...

We loved Steve all those years ago!

When he left for college, Evan stopped watching...just wasn't the same.

In fact, Evan took the words " You know, with me and you and my dog Blue...
We can do any THING... that we wanna do!" to heart, and would tell people Steve said he could do it when he was told no...