Sunday, July 17, 2011


Which kid is not fascinated by the rainbow? Which science student doesn't know how the colors are arrived? Which father or grandfather, upon seeing one after the rain, did not rush indoor to carry his child out excitedly to show her this glorious creation?

The rainbow belongs to my memory through 3 songs: Rainbow by Russ Hamilton, Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland (check THIS post) and Sing A Rainbow by Cilla Black.

Orange and yellow and purple and green
orange and purple and blue

Red and yellow and pink and green
orange and purple and blue
I can sing a rainbow
sing a rainbow
sing a rainbow too

Listen with your eyes
listen with your eyes
and sing everything you see
you can sing a rainbow
sing a rainbow
sing along with me

It is a wonderful children song to teach the young ones. I think you'd agree that Cilla had a soothing voice with the xylophone accompaniment. The Bible made a reassuring reference about the rainbow. After the great flood that God destroyed the entire world except for Noah and his family and all the creatures he brought on board, the rain ceased and a rainbow came out. Upon this sign God made a promise that He will never again destroy mankind by flood.

Nowadays, due to increasingly heavy air pollution it is harder to see well formed rainbows except where the skies are clear. Rainbows are formed when the sun rays pass through fine water droplets at a certain angle in the air which refract the light into its 7 component colors. I committed them to memory through this mnemonic: ROYGBIV. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.

Rainbows gives me a youthful attitude. They excite my spirit and put songs in my heart. I hope you do too.

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