Sunday, August 3, 2014

Awesome Old Song/TV Clip of the Week: The 'Reading Rainbow' Theme

Reading Rainbow debuted on PBS in 1983.  According to Wikipedia the first ever episode aired on June 6 of that year, and I'm fairly certain I started watching it from the beginning.

The theme song was apparently way ahead of its time by being one of the first TV intros to use a synthesizer.  That definitely made it super cool in my book.

I remember being a little scared of this episode:


  1. Some other time that this cool little feature-of-you-blog takes you in this direction, you might consider this:

    This is not only the dude who wrote the song (I just now learned this tidbit of trivia), but he's a well-respected though somewhat odd jazz singer. The late, great Mel Torme often cited him as a significant influence on his work.

    I was actually going to suggest a version by a band called The Swingin' Deacons, but I've never come across a video. But like the Holy Rollers say, "Everything happens for a reason."

  2. Awesome, thanks! Will definitely keep that one on file for sometime in the future...

  3. When I heard this mentioned on PTI this PM, I immediately thought of you -- is the NFL really considering having Weird Al perform at the Super Bowl?

    I'd thought the most off-the-beaten-track outfit to get a Super Bowl gig would end up being Big Bad Voodoo Daddy years ago in Denver -- and that was before the entertainment became such a big deal.

    1. I saw that petition for Weird Al, I love it! Not sure the league will actually take it seriously, but it's got over 28,000 signatures so far...


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