So I’ve posted about rainbow things: rainbow food, rainbow clothing (including rainbow underwear), even rainbow sex toys, and more — but not about the Sacred Harp song Rainbow (344 in the 1991 Denson Revision), an ecstatic hymn of praise:
A fuguing tune, with the parts entering in an unusual order: treble, alto, tenor, bass. The most common order is: bass, tenor, treble, alto. (Refresher: tenor, the third line down, is usually the melody line. I’m a male treble, and this will be relevant.)
It’s one of my favorites, and indeed me leading Rainbow is now available on a limited-edition CD of Bay Area Sacred Harp singers put together by singer Dan Harper (who’s also a minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, where we most commonly sing). The cover of the CD, which shows Chris Thorman leading (and me in the photo right behind him):
The CD has one track from the Dominic Ciavonne Zeigler Memorial Singing (50 singers) this year; five tracks from the 2015 All California Convention (210 singers); one track from the 2010 Golden Gate All Day Singing (130 singers); two tracks from the 2012 Golden Gate singing (90 singers); two tracks from the 2013 Golden Gate singing (100 singers); five tracks form the 2016 Santa Cruz All-Day Singing (40 singers); and six tracks from the 2016 Palo Alto All-Day Singing (50 singers). Track 21 is me leading Rainbow.
Much as I like Rainbow, it does put me in the spotlight, since the trebles lead the fugue off. Not much of an issue at a big singing, but significant at small local singings, where I’m sometimes the only treble, so it’s a solo for me. I led it yesterday, when there were just two trebles, but we were both strong singers — and even better, my partner in trebling was a real treble, a woman singing the part as written (while I sang it an octave below that; I may be a male treble, but I’m not a countertenor).