Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 6, 1979

I currently work as a therapist in Downtown Dartmouth. Prior to that, I was an arts educator and touring performer. The bulk of my training was as a clown. I imagine you’re thinking: What does being a clown have to do with being a therapist? Well, clowning is a performance. Not one that you do to an audience, or for an audience. Clowning is something performed with an audience. Clowning is the art of connection.

My artistic influences include Maude Lewis, the Halifax International Busker Festival and of course, Jim Henson.

I loved everything he did. To this day, I still do. Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, The Muppet Show? All of these works enter my consciousness every day. Jim Henson’s work was anarchic, joyful, sensitive, light and full of love. Essentially, he too was a clown. A clown who played with puppets. Thank you Jim. Your work connected with me. You inspired me to connect with others. Our world is a much richer place because you lived.

As a therapist? I work to connect, make contact with people. And those moments of contact? Those rainbow connections? That’s where all the magic in therapy happens. It’s really profound.

As is this song. Utterly profound and sung by a man playing with a toy. Perfect.

Full lyrics here:

The Rainbow Connection

Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions, and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.
Who said that wishes would be heard and answered when wished on the morningstar?
Someone thought of that and someone believed it.
Look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing and what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.
All of us under its spell.
We know that it’s probably magic.
Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors.
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me.
La-da-da, de-da-da-do
La-da-da-da-da-de-da-do

And as an extra spicy bonus for all of you living the spicy life, I leave you with #40 from the charts:

If you’re not into yoga, if you have half a brain…

Heh. Love it.

Rupert Holms and the spicy life!

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