Thirty days hath September

April, June and November

All the rest have 31

Except February clear

Which has 28 and 29 in each leap year!

This poem is another Mnemonic -which is just a fancy word that means a way of helping you  remembering something. I learned it somewhere, possibly not even at school but  it still comes in very handy for remembering how many days there are in each month.

I did have a little plea in a recent post for someone to come up with a new mnemonic for the colours of the rainbow, instead of Richard of York Gave Battle In  Vain check it out here. My mate CM was the only person who sorted me out with a couple of seriously catchy ditties, one involved Washing Bottles In Vim and I am still open for some more ideas please as the best I could do was ‘Rising Over Your Grand, Beautiful Island Views.’not very memorable.

I reckon more heads will do the trick..there must be a good ditty I can use in a song for kids.

My Song of the day has changed

It was gonna be Jolene Oh my God! I love this song…I sing it whenever I can. The guitar is great and have to say 37 years on, Dolly is looking pretty cool. Growing old gracefully is possibly overrated when I look at Ms Parton. She was 28 when this was recorded. The oh so pretty little blonde man with the sweetest little set of pearly whites ( clearing of throat) ) with the sexiest diddy shirt and pretty little diamante guitar strap  introduced her as ‘one of the prettiest sangiest songwriterest little blondes’.  I noticed Stonewall Jackson was not introduced as ‘one of the prettiest brunette little bitty songwriters ‘ ( spit spit…oh thats right I don’t spit) Dolly is not only a singer but plays the guitar, banjo, autoharp, piano, drums, appalacian dulcimer, penny whistle, recorder, fiddle, bass guitar and saxophone. Someone on an album once described me on  the cover  notes as  ‘ the mellifluous tones of a vivacious blonde lady ‘( pass the sick bag ),  no mention of any of the other instrumentalist’s hair colour or personality traits…..nuff said….so here is me on top of a hill with rainbow sox doing a cross between Kate Bush and Bungle..all my own work….Check out the 3 Bucket Jones youtube facebook etc….

Can I be upfront here and say if I met a mnemonic walking down the road I would n’t know him from Adam -I had to look it up. I always forget which one of these strange words belongs to which state of wording, you know the ones, palindrome, anachronism, backronym etc.

To remember the colours of the rainbow in the right order you do not sing that silly song ‘I can sing a rainbow’. For one thing, there is no pink in the rainbow, and who ever saw pink and green next to each other in the colour spectrum…duh. Traditionally, the way you learn the colours in the right order is to remember the little ditty. Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain – for Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet. I need a funnier ( keep it clean please) rhyme I can use with kids. If you think of a good one, you will get a mention in the credits of the new song I am going to write that will help us what ever age to remember what of the visible light spectrum. I now find out ‘I Can Sing a Rainbow’ was written by Arthur Hamilton who wrote ‘Cry Me a  River’…blimey that was a bit of a change of tack. Any bright ideas spring to mind?


Video by Me!!! singing and songwriting by my good self  and Andy McCrorie -Shand If you have never heard 3 BUCKET JONES before…you never know you might like it