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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Psalty The Singing Songbook


If you went to Sunday School in the 80s and 90s, chances are you watched Psalty The Singing Songbook. If you don't know who that is, he's essentially the Christian version of Barney the Dinosaur, only instead of a purple dinosaur, he was a blue songbook. Sure, a singing, talking songbook may sound ridiculous, but no more so than a singing, talking dinosaur.

Here on the internet, Psalty has become the target of ridicule from everyone and everybody ranging from cringe blogs, YouTube atheists, and hack webcomic artists. But you know what? I don't care. I thought Psalty was cool as a kid, and I still like him as an adult--albeit ironically!

Sure, the character himself can appear creepy to some people--and the only thing creepier and cringey-er are the child actors accompanying him--but really, how is the character any less ridiculous than Barney the Dinosaur?

In fact, I'll go out of the way to claim that Psalty has Barney beat in the music department. Even to this day, I still have many of Psalty's songs stuck in my head. That's how good his music is. And really, can you expect anything less from a singing songbook?

Many of his songs and even entire musical albums are available to listen to on YouTube. Just take a listen to some of them yourselves and tell me that they don't get stuck in your head: