PBS has been dazzling us lately with its super-cool remix series, which features all our childhood public television idols. Previous clips featured Bob “Happy Little Trees” Ross and Mister Rogers; today’s offering brings none other than our consummate hero, Levar Burton.
We’ve been spending an extraordinary amount of quality time with Burton lately. Between his interview during a 25th anniversary reunion tour for Star Trek: The Next Generation and the interview we got during the Reading Rainbow iPad app launch, we’ve gotten to speak with Burton face-to-face two whole times this year. Ergo, we’re pretty much Levar Burton experts over here right about now.
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The remix vid features Burton extorting the beauty and magic of books. It’s a theme that hasn’t faded over the past couple decades. When we caught up with Burton last, he told us, “If I’m alive and upright, I’m talking about Reading Rainbow. … We will always have books. Look at what [Star Trek character Captain Jean-Luc] Picard has encased in glass in his office: the collected works of Shakespeare.”
Without further ado, here’s the remix:
The clip was created by remix artist and YouTube phenom John D. Boswell, a.k.a. melodysheep.
On the video’s YouTube page, a PBS rep writes, “For years, LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow have taught kids everywhere about the power of books and imagination. To this day, the show continues to encourage a love of reading and connect children to the world they live in through quality literature — so they can ‘go anywhere, be anything.’ With this remix, John Boswell has captured those enduring lessons in song — a fitting tribute to an important part of PBS history.”
The remix series will continue to pay tribute to PBS legends, so stay tuned for more.