Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I Heart LeVar Burton

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 (NIV)

Holli and I have an audio presentation of the Bible called The Bible Experience. It's a sharp production, with good voice acting, sound effects, and music. I've got the book of John loaded onto my PSP, and I listened to it on Thursday night last week. John is voiced throughout the Bible Experience by LeVar Burton, which means that the narration of the book of John falls on his lap, as well. I grew up watching Reading Rainbow, and I'm an enormous Star Trek dork, so naturally the guy who read me so many stories growing up and was Geordi La Forge has a special place in my heart.

Despite my obvious biases, I'm going to make the following statement: LeVar Burton doing the voice of John is some of the best voice work I've ever heard on any project. He's gregarious and enthusiastic at the beginning of the gospel, and as the gospel progresses, LeVar's tone changes right alongside it. He starts to make the shift to a more subdued, sad tone after the resurrection of Lazarus, until he's speaking in almost a hushed whisper, seemingly near tears, during the crucifixion. It's emotional, powerful, and just incredible.

I just smiled as I wrote this - I'm sitting having to stifle joyful laughter to keep from waking Holli up, in fact. I realized that here I sit, 31 years old, and LeVar Burton is still reading to me from my favorite book. That pleases me.

1 comment:

Holli Swank said...

I hadn't thought of it that way, but yeah, Levar's still bringing us an awesome book; one that has us on the edge of our seats day after day. =)