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Rainbow (Interlude)

Rainbow (Interlude)


It’s about hope and healing

- Mariah Carey

Written by Mariah Carey, James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III & Terry Lewis
Produced by Mariah Carey & Terry Lewis


1:33     Album Version
1:48     Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey (No fade in/out like the album version)


  • This interlude is actually a concise, well-crafted ballad, sans repetitive choruses. “It’s about hope and healing — and knowing that there’s a path we’re all supposed to follow,” Carey says.

  • What I tried to do with this album [Rainbow] is incorporate the ballads with the songs that are more, you know, the uptempo records, and use interludes to kind of segue between them so that you wouldn’t feel this, this jolting thing, you know. So I told you about the cover of ‘Against All Odds’ - it’s pretty hard to go from a record with Missy Elliot and Brat, that’s a loop of a Snoop Dogg record, to ‘Against All Odds,’ but because working with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who are really genius at figuring out interludes and we really had a great musical partnership, we kind of figured out how to make these transitional pieces that would make the album work. And I think sequencing this album was really important, and I tried to kind of tell a story in the sequencing and make it all make sense.

  • MC: We have these rainbows here, and me being a person that’s multiracial and, you know, hoping that one day the world will all kind of, not have to judge each other because of what we look like, because of what color we are, because of what country we’re from - hoping that we can kind of come together in that respect. And going in to the new millennium, hopefully that’s something we can all keep in mind. Thank you. Can we try and keep that in mind? It's also about getting through, like after a storm, sometimes you see a rainbow, and so I wrote this next, sort of an interlude, and we're going to take you into another song that you might know.

    • FOX “Mariah Carey’s Homecoming Special,” December 14, 1999



1999 Released on the Rainbow album.
2009 Included on the The Ballads/Love Songs compilation.
2010 Included on the Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey compilation.

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