Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Of Musical Reinterpretations and Fandom Mash-Ups

Some television series premiere before their time. They're edgy. They're thoughtful. They're addicting. And inevitably, they flounder and leave us all too soon. Firefly was one of those series. Yes, I'm a proud Browncoat, and I still lament what could have been. 

A moment of silence for Serenity and her crew

But such is life and the television landscape. And, just because it's gone, doesn't mean it's forgotten. The opening theme song from Firefly got a new life, recently, when Jesse L. Martin (from Broadway, Law & Order, and The Flash), did a gospel cover of "The Ballad of Serenity." It is even more awesome than it sounds.

Martin recorded the cover, with his Flash co-stars Rick Cosnett and Carlos Valdes, as a thank you to Firefly-creator Joss Whedon for donating "an outstanding amount" to Martin's Kickstarter campaign for the musical short film, The Letter Carrier.

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