Across America this Memorial Day weekend, friendly citizens savored the start of the summer. Beaches opened, burgers sizzled, volleyballs thumped, and marching bands strutted all across town. One event in particular, however, caught my eye. It took place in George, Washington, at the Sasquatch Music Festival:
Chance the Rapper covered the Arthur theme song. You can watch it below.
Now, some readers, scanning this phrase, may recall Arthur, the 1981 comedic romance starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. They may recall its theme, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year, written by Burt Bacharach, Christopher Cross—
But I apprehend myself here. These readers are wrong. Chance the Rapper, of course, did not cover the song by Christopher Cross, king of yacht rock.
No. Chance probably knows that D.W.’s imaginary friend is named Nadine, that Buster Baxter is an asthmatic bunny, and maybe even that the author Marc Brown smuggles his children’s initials into each book. Chance—born in 1993, a prime Millennial if there ever was one—covered the theme to Arthur, the PBS kids’ show starring a friendly, for some reason nose-less aardvark, the only true Arthur in the millennial cultural landscape. (A landscape in which Liza Minnelli, if you’re wondering, does not pitch a tent until that one Arrested Development episode.)
And watching this video, I felt delighted the way, I assume, Boomers get delighted watching that old TIME-LIFE Singers and Songwriters infomercial. I (born 1991) thought: At last! My cohort has grown up! We make culture for each other now!