Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A Nostalgic Trip Back in Time



Please click on the "pause" botton of the music playing to the side before watching the video.

When I was in fifth grade, Ms. McVeigh brought her guitar to school every Thursday and we (the class) would spend the morning singing. One of the songs we performed regularly was "The Rainbow Connection", written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher. Originally performed by Kermit the Frog in the opening sequence of The Muppet Movie, this song has been covered by countless number of artists in many different languages. In 1979 it received both an Oscar and a Golden Globe nomination but it lost to "It Goes Like It Goes" (can anyone remember this song?) from the film Norma Rae. Goes to show that winning a distinguished citation does not equal longevity.

If you have children, please share this song with them. If you are an older kid, like me, but never heard this song before, then here’s a chance at a decent childhood.

9 comments:

Jaimie said...

I love that song! My kids must have watched The Muppet Movie a thousand times! Thanks for the memories, Tom!

Rita said...

Re: your comment in red.

The thought of Kermit joining the choir of Trinity College Cambridge had me laughing out loud!

I love the Muppets, there is a gentle anarchy about everything they do that is totally missing from any other show since devised.

jessica said...

I love that song!! What a great way to start the day!

Katie Alender said...

I love that song! My mom used to play it on the piano when I was little.

Sarah McLachlan covered it, and her version alwaysalwaysalways makes me cry.

Tracy said...

Love that song, we sang it for our graduation from the 6th grade... wonderful memory!

Thom said...

I'll tell you what, Tom, I think Kermit and Taverner make a layered sound.

Tom in Vegas said...

Jaimie-

So glad the kids love it. Big kids like us are no different, are we? :0)

Rita-

I love the Muppets, too. I have their first season on DVD and I'm poised to purchase the second.

If I'm not mistaken, Kermit the Frog has done solo work with the accompaniment of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sir George Solti conducting. I think he played Samson and Miss Piggy played Delilah :0)

Jessica-

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind words!

Katie-

Great pic! I have Sara McLachlan’s cover of this song and it’s quite moving.

Tracy-

I see I’m not the only one to have sung this song with my schoolmates. Yes, it does bring a back lots of memories!

Thom-

I agree. Kermit just has a voice for the classics and for sacred works. And to think he’s just a frog! LOL.

Diva Mom Vicki said...

This song holds a very special place in my heart. I sang it at my 7th grade talent show, which was the first time I sang solo in public.

Thus was the humble beginnings of my career as a professional singer and now cantor.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Shirley said...

Tom, can you tell me how to get a playlist on a blog? When I go to add a page element I don't know which one to add it under. I tried Add a link but it didn't work? any help would be appreciated!