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.