Sunday, February 28, 2010

Before there was Veggie Tales

Time for a stroll down memory lane (well, for me anyway). Remember Psalty the singing songbook from the 80s? He was the big blue book/person who starred in a series of Christian Kids’ Praise! albums. I had every Kids’ Praise! record (as in the vinyl kind) and had every line and song memorized. I thought Psalty’s kids (Harmony, Melody, and Rhythm) were so cool. The cast of characters also included Blooper the dog, Charity Churchmouse, Farley McFirefly, and the evil Risky Rat.

Kids’ Praise! clearly was the start of my sophisticated taste in music with songs like, “Arky Arky,” “Sandyland,” “Ha La La La,” and “Jesus Put the Song in My Heart.” If I could somehow post an old VHS tape here, I could even showcase a few of our blog readers singing in a live Kids’ Praise! show when we were 8 or 9.

If you who have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a more recent video to prove I’m not making this up (and if you're a fellow Psalty fan, you'll especially enjoy this):

Yup, good 'ole washed up Psalty. I have no idea why I was thinking about this today, but I guess I just wanted to enjoy a look back to a simpler, cheesier time. Wasn’t that fun?


  1. Psalty was the best. I can just hear our little 3rd grader solos now..."I'm thankFUL for good food to eat; I'm thankFUL for the sneakers on my feet; I'm thankFUL cuz I'm getting front teeth. Yes Jesus is good to me." Kids Praise 6, if I do recall. Good times.

  2. Thanks for the great reminder on the Monday morning! - - When I was growing up and attended Church Bible Camp I followed in my sister's footsteps and went to music camp, where you guessed it we worked all week to perform a musical at the end of the week, usually Psalty! - - Now I want to go dig through piano books at my mom's and find the books for those musicals!

  3. I didn't listen to Psalty as a kid as I was spared that by growing up in a non-Christian home. I do remember that he performed at the Metrodome when the Billy Graham Crusdae was here. It was the cheesiest thing I had ever seen. Thank God they also had dc talk.

  4. I'm thankFUL that you somehow can't post that VHS.

  5. Oh Laura...I could probably get it online if I tried hard enough. I just need a day of boredom and then... watch out!!