Brian mostly writes about movies and TV, but he’s contributed some music commentary over the years. This week, I’m revisiting
seven some of his song reviews and recommendations.
“Saying Goodbye” from Muppets Take Manhattan – From “10 Things Brian Likes – Honorable Mentions (2 of 2)” (2014)
Failing to be overly verbose has never been a problem for me before, but now…*sniff*…I simply can’t seem to find the words. So, as before, I’ll let the Muppets sign off for me. Our final Moving Muppet Moment, and our final, ultimate, last, concluding selection of the “10 Things Brian Likes” series is “Saying Goodbye,” from 1984’s The Muppets Take Manhattan (coincidentally the last theatrical Muppet feature on which Jim Henson worked).
“Saying goodbye, why is it sad?
Makes us remember the good times we’ve had.
Much more to say, foolish to try,
It’s time for saying goodbye.
“Somehow I know we’ll meet again
not sure quite where and I don’t know just when.
You’re in my heart, so until then,
Wanna smile, wanna cry…saying goodbye.”
Nearly half of the songs that I’ve revisited as part of this week of Brian’s recommendations have come from his 10 Things Brian Likes series. Part of the reason that’s true is because it’s one of the few places on Earn This that he’s opined extensively on music.
More than that, though, it’s because the 10 Things Brian Likes is one of the finest collections of writing in the site’s history. It’s one of our flagship series, right up there with his 100 Film Favorites series and his in-progress Small-Screen 66. Clocking in at nearly as many words as The Great Gatsby, “10 Things” is an astonishing writing accomplishment, spotlighting Brian’s varied and immensely-detailed interests.
He wraps the series up in Honorable Mentions, Part 2 of 2, with the quoted entry its final passage. It’s a lovely conclusion to a marvelous series I feel lucky to have followed… right up there with “I. LOVE. THIS. MOVIE.” in his UHF tribute.
So I pick this as the last Song of the Day in “Brian’s week” not just because it’s a marvelous, tear-jerking showtune, but because it’s a hallmark example of how to say goodbye to a passion project.