Sesame Street
Music day on Sesame Street
Air date March 12, 1971
Season Season 2 (1970-1971)
Directed by Robert Myhrum
Production January 15, 1971
Sponsors X, 13


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Susan and Frannie talk with John about some of his recent repair jobs and Susan reminds him about the bookcase she wants him to fix. She and John then go over to Oscar, noticing he looks sad. Oscar admits that he wishes he were an octopus, which he believes can make all kinds of music.
Cartoon "Octopus One-Man Band"
(First: Episode 0004)
Susan remarks that the octopus in the cartoon is a special octopus, as they don't usually play music. Oscar still wishes he could make music of his own (preferably rotten), but he doesn't even own any instruments. John shows him how he can make his own drumstick out of a broom handle and a rag, then how to use his own can as the drum. Oscar is pleased, but wishes he had a band to play in like the octopus did. Susan and John agree to go find more people and instruments they can make from ordinary objects.
Cartoon "Poverty X": A peanut-shaped figure lists the words that the letter "X" can be found in.
(First: Episode 0006)
Cast Larry and Phyllis cooperate on sending out invitations to a party.
(First: Episode 0150)
SCENE 2 On the work table, John displays his tools to Susan the kids, and builds a whistle in front of them. Susan helps him test it out by trying to find the right key, but he needs to work on it some more.
Cartoon Today's Secret Drawing is a mailman.
John drills more holes into the recorder to make it a fully functional instrument. Miguel joins them as John figures out he needs to drill some more notes into the pipe.
Muppets Ernie sings "Rubber Duckie."
(First: Episode 0136)
SCENE 3 Oscar and Frannie watch Gordon fill up several glasses of water. Oscar assumes Gordon is serving refreshments, but he's actually making a psudo-xylophone by clinking the glasses. With John on whistle, Gordon tests it out by playing "The Alphabet Song." He then introduces another version of the song...
Cartoon Gloria sings the alphabet (uppercase version).
(First: Episode 0023)
Film A boy pretends a wagon is a bus. His friend tells him it's not a bus, and explains what her father, a real bus driver, does.
(First: Episode 0181)
SCENE 4 Bob shows Frannie how to make a kazoo from a comb and tissue paper.
Muppets Ernie tries to draw an X, but can't figure out how, so he plays a game of tic-tac-toe instead. Bert sees the cross-outs that Ernie has made, and congratulates him on drawing Xs.
(First: Episode 0008)
Cartoon "Poverty X" (repeat)
Muppets Ernie talks about the letter X, until Bert comes in and says his bacon's been eaten by a monster. Cookie Monster emerges and eats Ernie's X, quipping "I always like to eat bacon and X!" (ending edited)
(First: Episode 0008)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: X for X-ray
(First: Episode 0064)
SCENE 5 Miguel shows the gang how to make maracas with drink containers and pebbles.
Muppets "The IG Family Song"
(First: Episode 0141)
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Bert thinks that Ernie has eaten his cookies, but it turns out that Cookie Monster (dressed as Ernie) ate the cookies.
(First: Episode 0158)
SCENE 6 John shows the gang how to make a washtub bass from a washtub, a clothesline and a broom handle. Bob joins in by playing another tub as a drum, while the kids shake their maracas and play John's whistle.
Cast Mr. Hooper has some difficulty setting up a number 13.
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Bert asks Ernie about his day. Ernie doesn't think anything interesting happened. Bert points out that Ernie went to the zoo, but Ernie says nothing interesting happened at the zoo. Then, he talks about a scratch he got on his finger and describes how he got it, realizing in the process that something interesting did happen after all.
(First: Episode 0020)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: X for X-ray (repeat)
SCENE 7 In Hooper's Store, the gang plays their instruments as they sing โ€œWhat Makes Music?โ€
Cartoon "Octopus One-Man Band" (repeat)
Muppets A Muppet inchworm and a bug sing "The Inch Worm" in a field of flowers.
(First: Episode 0168)
Song Sesame Street Animal Films: Joe Raposo sings George Gershwin's "Funny Face."
(First: Episode 0006)
SCENE 8 Everyone plays their homemade instruments together (with Gordon playing "Windy" on the whistle). Oscar announces the sponsors and gripes that he still wishes he were an octopus.

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