SINGING

There's a rather attractive song about rainbows which you may well know, but unfortunately it teaches the colours in the wrong order and results in most rainbows in children's drawings and paintings looking ugly (and most teachers make the same mistake when they draw them). The order of colours in the song is: red, yellow, pink, green, orange, purple, blue (or sometimes it's purple before orange, but it's wrong both ways). The colour pink doesn't even appear in the rainbow as it isn't a pure colour (it's a white-red mixture). Anyway, I've written alternative words for the song to try to put things right (and I don't bother with the mysterious indigo either):-

Red, orange, yellow then green and blue,
Inner band: purple will do.
I can sing a rainbow;
Proper rainbow,
Sing a rainbow true.

Listen with your ears, look with your eyes,
Check what you really see,
I can sing a rainbow,
And draw a rainbow,
Sing and draw like me.

Red, orange, yellow then green and blue,
Inner band: purple will do.
I can sing a rainbow;
Proper rainbow,
And draw a rainbow too.

Don't stop singing the original version though: sing both. The original version has an interesting idea about listening with your eyes which is rather fun: it may sound rather silly at first, but what it seems to be saying is that you should look at the world around you and turn what you see into words to put into poems and songs. There are songs sitting there in the aether just waiting for someone to find: look carefully at anything that inspires you and play with the words that they plant in your mind: they have a magical power which can be captured and used in artistic ways.

...(more will be added later, but there are more important bits of this site that need to be written first).