Saturday, August 08, 2009

Rainbow Connection - Kermit The Frog


Why discuss a song that didn't come from the 60's? The Rainbow Connection actually came earlier and was recorded by The Carpenters in 1975 (still within our range of discussion) but they never released it.

The lyrics was by Paul Williams, a 60's songwriter, composer and actor who wrote many top hits in the early 70's that included, Just An Old Fashioned Love Song, We've Only Just Begun, Rainy Days And Mondays, Evergreen (Oscar - 1976) and songs for Three Dog Night. Kenneth Ascher, who worked with Barbra Striesand, Yoko Ono and John Lennon, composed the music,

The Rainbow Connection has been covered by more than a dozen top artistes including Willie Nelson and Kenny Loggins, both 60's musicians. It is included in the American Film Institute list of the 100 best songs of all time.
In Singapore, it is popular with adults but the young ones seem to love the lazy feel and ease of the song. The lyrics could be a challenge and interpretation varies; that it reminds readers of the Iliad, the Odyssey to Ulysses and personal discoveries. But like the lyrics suggested, could these connections be visions, illusions, magic? For lovers and dreamers? 

What is the rainbow connection? I am not sure but it is a lovely song though.

Reference: Wikipedia.
Article: Andy Lim

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