Friday, February 9, 2018

A Window Above: Rainbow Connection

Song: "Rainbow Connection"
Writers: Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher
Original Release: June 1979
Performer: Kermit the Frog (voiced by Jim Henson)
Album: The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording

This is my second-favorite Muppets song after the one featured in this post, which also explains my lifelong devotion to the felted franchise.  The song opens The Muppet Movie and ranks high among the great musical moments in cinematic history, even drawing comparisons from some with "Over the Rainbow" in The Wizard of Oz.  The song garnered an Oscar nomination for Williams and Ascher, though they lost out to "It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma Rae.  Nope, I've never heard of it either.  Time is the truest judge.

Of course, there are plenty of covers.  Here are two of my favorites:


  1. Love this song.
    The Muppets were very loved at our home.

    cheers, parsnip and mandibles

  2. This song is/was so original, so meaningful. Muppets, sigh. good times.

  3. I absolutely love the Muppets. This song holds a special place in my life. I must try to squeeze in a Muppet movie this weekend! Thanks!

  4. I miss the Muppet Show. God I loved the old guys in the balcony, and Beaker!

  5. Always a special song to us, who have suspected ourselves of being optical illusions.

  6. Aww...when my kids were small this was on constant replay.

  7. Great song. Hadn't heard these covers before. Thanks for the intro.
    I too love the Muppets. Glad they made a come back, even if they aren't as "sweet" as they used to be. Guess they have to appeal to this new generation, but still, I like'm.

    1. The Muppets definitely lost that certain something when Jim Henson died but they’re still fun.