Jim Henson walked into a meeting of executives and financial backers declaring he wanted to create a kid’s show that brought about world peace. I love that story. It was a pitch meeting for Fraggle Rock. Few people can say things like that without sounding naive, but he had a way of making people believe anything was possible. I know he made me feel that way -and continues to.

As a kid who grew up obsessed with the Muppets and anything with Henson’s name attached it’d be an understatement to say I’ve been influenced by his work. There’s a shirt the Onion sold that said “I understand the Muppets on a much deeper level than you.” Yeah, it’s silly, but I’ve felt like that. The cool thing is I know I’m not alone. He had the ability to create art that left kids feeling like it was made just for them. I felt like that and still do.

The thing about The Muppets that I loved and still love is they’re a group of weirdos and chickens and monsters and things all trying to figure life out. Kermit is at the center of it all attempting to put on a show, to bring them together and to stay sane in the process. They’re a beautiful and almost functional family.

This will sound strangely morbid, but did you know you can watch Jim Henson’s funeral on YouTube? One day I found myself watching it. Yeah . . . I know, but I promise you – it’s not as weird as you’d think. Sure it’s sad (it is a funeral, after all,) but watching it left me inspired to create, to unite, to bring joy and to live a life that would one day result in a celebration like that.

There’s a line in The Muppet Movie:

Kermit: Yeah, well, I’ve got a dream too – but it’s about singing and dancing and making people happy. That’s the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with. And, well, I’ve found a whole bunch of friends who have the same dream. And, well, it kind of makes us like a family.

Twenty-one years ago today, Jim Henson died, leaving behind him a legacy of creativity, imagination and love. He promised a show that would bring about world peace. It might not have happened- but I do believe he did give us a glimpse, in his way, of what that might look like.

The above was written by one of the dudes who helped start Love In Stereo – (Brad). We don’t just want to hear from that guy. We want to hear from you! Who inspires you? Share with us and we’ll share with everybody else. Comment below or email to: hello@loveinstereo.com.

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