Monday, March 2, 2009

MMM: Butterfly in the Sky!

Welcome stargazers. It's time for another installment of the Monday Mood Music. This week I decided to accomplish two tasks at once by also announcing the results of my LeVar Burton poll.

I asked everyone, Where does your LeVar Burton love originate? Luckily, no one admitted to not knowing who LeVar Burton was, but I was disappointed no readers selected the Cameo Word Up music video as the beginning of their infatuation with this man.

A single reader knew him all the way back to Roots and 2 readers chose Star Trek: The Next Generation as their LeVar Burton jumping on point.

The hands down winning selection, with a total of five votes, is the children's show Reading Rainbow. In honor of this show and the mass appeal it gave LeVar Burton, this week's selection is the undeniably infectious theme songs for Reading Rainbow.

The original theme song was used from 1983 through 1999 according to Wikipedia. It was written by Steve Horelick, Dennis Neil Kleinman and Janet Weir. The Broadway performer, Tina Fabrique sang the original theme. This is the version from my childhood memories.

Tina Fabrique - Reading Rainbow
(Original Theme Song)

In the later years of the show, the cartoon introduction was replaced with a computer animated introduction. The theme song was upgraded and sang by R&B singer Chaka Khan. Until today, I never knew this version existed. The video does have some promotional consideration prologue but the theme is on it, I promise.

Chaka Khan - Reading Rainbow
(Theme Song Redux)

No offense to Chaka Khan, but I prefer the Fabrique-Cartoon butterfly version. I'm thinking nostalgia does play a significant part in that. Which version, if any, do you prefer?

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  1. Hey Reel Whore! I'm not sure if you're into the blog awards thing, but I'm passing along the Dardos award to you because you blog makes me pee my pants a little bit when I read it. There's a post on my blog about it.

  2. That is so awesome, Thanks! I'll let my readers know soon. I want to give it a proper write-up and not just slap something together.

    Thanks again.

  3. I prefer the original version. The newer one is okay, I guess.