For more than two decades — from 1983 to 2006 — “Reading Rainbow” was the height of literary coolness for kids. A show that really was just an ad for picture books became, with the help of host Levar Burton, a magical journey into literature.
What could make memories of this pinnacle of educational TV even more magical? That would be a remix. Thankfully, PBS is on a bit of an auto-tune remix binge these days. Thus, “Reading Rainbow” has gotten the auto-tune treatment from Symphony of Science’s John D. Boswell (aka, melodysheep).
The result is a pretty awesome trip down memory lane.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. You can watch the video instead. Hands up if you’re a geek who recognized the episode when Levar Burton was on the set of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Unlike PBS’ other crazy remixes (of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” “Happy Little Clouds” with Bob Ross, “Keep on Cooking” with Julia Child), “Reading Rainbow” strongly evokes musical memories even without the auto-tuning. This mean, of course, the ultra-earworm of a song that was the theme to “Reading Rainbow.”
The question is: Which song is better?