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February 15th, 2007


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08:10 am - good morning mr cat

Halfway Down The Stairs
Halfway down the stairs
Is a stair
Where I sit.
There isn't any
Other stair
Quite like
It.
I'm not at the bottom,
I'm not at the top;
So this is the stair
Where
I always
Stop.

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From:cloudscout
Date:February 15th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Alone.
In the rain.
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From:limax
Date:February 15th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Ah, A.A. Milne.... Thanks Spatch!
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From:modpixie
Date:February 15th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
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strangely, i always associate it with robin the frog. (joe raposo set it to music in the 1970s, and robin sang it in an episode of the muppet show.)
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 15th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
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I have fond memories of Robin singing this too (and have both the Robin version and the version that Rowlf sang on his "lounge act" album, Ol' Brown Ears Is Back.) I can't remember who it was who actually set it to music, but it wasn't Raposo... it was someone else who'd done quite a few musical adaptations of Milne poems. Rowlf also sings "Cottleston Pie" on his album, for instance, and it's rather sweet.

Additionally, some Muppeteers seem to have had a thing for Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind", as both Rowlf and Floyd, of all people, have sung it on albums. Problem is, they don't sing it very well.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 15th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)

I remember both songs

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Rowlf and Robin did lovely versions of them. And this was the REAL Rowlf, voiced by Jim Henson. Also, I love the picture of Mr. Abbie. He's almost 10 years old, I think, how is he doing?
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 15th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)

Re: I remember both songs

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He'll be 10 on April 30 and is amazingly spry in his middle-aged corpulence; I think it's all the stair-running he does. He still chases flying insects and other things what move, he still tears around the house when it's Crazy Time, and he curls up and sleeps the rest of the day.

Buddy's got it good, I tell you what.
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From:byrneout
Date:February 15th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
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For some reason, this cover really bothers me. Maybe it's because on the original, they look as though they recently got done doing it, or were just about to.
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 15th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
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You've totally been on top of the Really Disturbing Bruce Springsteen Things recently. Please, keep up the good work.
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From:byrneout
Date:February 15th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
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I found my sweet spot, baby, and I'm riding it all the way to the top.
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From:mmcirvin
Date:February 18th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
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I think I remember having a non-Muppet, non-Disney LP of those adaptations. One side was "The Hums of Pooh" and the other side was poems from "When We Were Very Young", "Now We Are Six" etc. "Halfway Up The Stairs" and "Cottleston Pie" were in there.

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From:limax
Date:February 15th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. The first place I ever remember hearing this poem was on The Muppet Show album. I have the season one collection of the Muppet Show so I also own the footage as well now. I found out that we didn't see it in the states because of US show length vs UK show length, which means this was the 'UK Only' segment of that particular show... funny that I can't remember who was the guest star right now. I think it was Florence Henderson.
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From:muffyjo
Date:February 15th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
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That's awesome. I love A. A. Milne. And I love that Abbie's so dignified that he wears his tuxedo everywhere.
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From:luckimunki
Date:February 15th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
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I want Dottie and Abbie to meet. Mostly because she is a tuxedo and much smaller than Abbie and it would look cute. Also because in my imaginary world, they are TEH BESTEST FRIENDS.
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From:semer
Date:February 16th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
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Awww, Abbie-cuteness is making me miss my big ol' slightly chubby tuxedo bebe kitty. ;_;

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