Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sometimes We Just Need a Rainbow

My husband called me away from my computer this weekend--shouted really--to come outside.

Now, I'm no dummy. I usually holler back, "Why?" This time, however, I had a feeling what he wanted. It had just rained. The sun was out. It had to be rainbow. I hopped up and ran outside. Took one look and went inside for the camera.


So what does that have to do with writing? There's a connection. I wanted some lovely quotes about rainbows to add to this blog, so I looked up the Broadway show, Finian's Rainbow, and I consulted my trusty Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. And I found the most amazing thing (amazing because I didn't already know it). The lyricist for Finian's Rainbow, Edgar Yipsel Harburg, who wrote the song Look to the Rainbow for the play, also wrote the lyrics for Over the Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz. As a matter of fact, Harburg wrote most of the dialogue for Wizard, and wrote the all of Finian's Rainbow as well.

Is that not the coolest piece of trivia you've ever heard? I'm so grateful this man liked rainbows. Harburg, who's real name was Isidore Hochberg, was a socialist and eventually fell victim to the Hollywood blacklists of the fifties. He's gone, of course, but his musical rainbows live on.

13 comments:

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Who cannot be awed by a rainbow? Beautiful photo.

lostfortcollins said...

That IS cool trivia. Made me start thinking of how rainbows appear in contemporary arts, and they don't so much. Well, not as the pure symbols of hope they once were. I think because now they symbolize diversity.

Socialism isn't what it used to be, either.

Stephen Tremp said...

Few things in life are as awesome as a full rainbow, one that you can see both ends meet the ground. Double rainbows are cool too. Very inspiring.

Stephen Tremp
Breakthrough Blogs

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Did you find the end of said rainbow? I hear it's worth the effort to look.

Best regards, Galen
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Karen Walker said...

Cool photo and very cool piece of trivia. Before I moved to New Mexico in 1994, I hadn't seen a rainbow in years. Double rainbows are particularly awesome. We got one in the late afternoon on July 4, sitting on a friend's patio.
Karen

N A Sharpe said...

Ohhhh, beautiful picture...and the faint trace of a double rainbow. I love rainbows and have never heard that trivia before. Now I want to go watch Finian's Rainbow!


Nancy, from Realms of Thought…

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thanks Jane, Lost, Stephen, and Karen for stopping by. It's hard to resist a good rainbow.

Lost -- nice to meet you. It's true, so many things in our lives don't mean the same today as they did when I was younger. With political correctness, euphemisms, and cultural change, it's difficult to write/talk in plain language (at least the plain language I learned as a kid).

Galen -- I've heard that rumor about the end of the rainbow, but the end never seems to be where I'm at.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Nancy. Finian's Rainbow is one of my favorites. I love the song, "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" I used to play it over and over on the piano instead of practicing (which is why I don't play the piano very well).

Luana Krause said...

Patricia: This is a lovely photo. I'm a shutterbug myself and am always inspired by nature. I recently watched "The Wizard of Oz" (for the millionth time) and was awed by Judy Garland's song. No one could have known at the time that it would become the signature song of her career, reminding the whole world of that magical performance.
Luana

alexisgrant said...

Wow -- Rainbows can be difficult to catch in photographs, but you did it here! A double! Thanks for sharing.

Maryann Miller said...

What a great photo. And interesting trivia. Just shows how a writer can be inspired and something good can happen.

Pat Walker said...

Beautiful photo, Pat. We saw it too, but didn't get a really good picture of it. It was the brightest rainbow I've seen in years!

Your picture made me think of one of my favorite songs. I posted a link to it on myspace. It's Kenny Loggins' "The Rainbow Connection." It gives me chills whenever I hear that song. The lyrics are just beautiful--about believing in things that appear to be just illusions.

Another favorite for me is Iz's version of "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World." Iz was a Hawaiian singer with the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. He sang this song using just a ukelele. If you're interested, do a search on youtube for his version of this song. You won't regret it.

Thanks for the great post, Pat!

Connie Arnold said...

Thanks for sharing the bit of trivia and beautiful photo, Pat!