Halfway Down
Halfway Down
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 0 comments

 

‘Halfway down the stairs/is a stair/Where I sit.’ And with that opening line, who could forget Kermit’s nephew, Robin (voiced by Jerry Nelson), when he famously made his debut on The Muppet Show in the mid-1970s?  Amidst the mayhem, madness and all the Mahna Mahna, there came along a fleeting moment of peaceful tranquillity with the stunned stillness of Robin singing Halfway Down the Stairs.

 

The song reached the dizzy heights of number 7 in the UK single charts of 1977, making this the Muppets’ highest ever chart position – but what many didn’t appreciate was that this was a poem by another children’s icon: A.A. Milne, he of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin fame.  Milne included Halfway Down in his 1924 collection When We Were Very Young; and the tune was subsequently composed by Harold Fraser-Simpson, who set many of Milne’s poems to music.

 

And with Glasgow’s Buchanan Street steps being at the apex of the city’s bustling retail triangle, capturing a moment of stillness halfway down was this lone figure all curled up, quietly sitting there reading his book – and the first thing that went through my head was that memorable ‘Muppet moment’ watching Robin’s debut.

 

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