We named this blog after Clair Huxtable for lots of reasons. We wrote about them here, but to summarize: she’s the Ultimate Woman, one of my fictional role models, and the best part of what is quite possibly the best show ever made.
I’ve spent a few days watching reruns of The Cosby Show over lunch because Hulu is currently featuring the show’s best musical episodes. So many of the show’s best moments center on music: Rudy wailing “Bay-bay” in the family lip sync, Theo and Cockroach’s Julius Caesar rap, Theo’s James Brown dance moves. And let’s not forget the guest stars who performed on the show! Let’s take a look at the masters who grace these episodes: Stevie Wonder, Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, to name a few.
One of of the very best things about The Cosby Show was the way it incorporated not just music but also musicians and music history, primarily in the world of jazz. Music was an integral fiber in the fabric of the Huxtable household, and it was one of the most effective ways the show dealt with class and race. Cliff and Clair very carefully used music, and art, to instill in their children an appreciation of their cultural heritage. They also understand how much joy music adds to life. In one of my very favorite scenes, Denise and her super cool friends end up having an impromptu dance party with Cliff and Clair and their classy dancing friends.
This is my dream.
Another dream, of course, is to sing with Stevie Wonder. Well, really just to be in the same room as him while he sings, I wouldn’t really care that much if I got to sing with him. But Clair did! “I Just Called to Say I Love You” never sounded better: