Rainbow Lights was the "house" light show for the psychedelic
boogies we had at the Albion Community Center in Albion, California
(Mendocino County), in the early and mid-1970s. RL was created by
myself, Robert Gluckson, our friend Tom, an art teacher drop-out,
and aided by my friends Dewey McKay and Kay Rudin, plus whoever
stopped by to play with the oil and food coloring swirling round
in the clock face on top of the overhead projector. We did
a really nice gig in '76 at Crown Hall in Mendocino and another
"disco" (ugh) for the Fort Bragg High School. Had
some pretty wild effects going, with science fiction slides, 8 mm
silent movies (including the "backwards" movies originated
by my pre-teen self, bro, and sis, from our Rancho Park, LA childhood),
even a 16 mm excerpt of Fantasia.
Only problem was getting paid enough to keep us in projector bulbs.
When the overhead kept shorting the $25 bulbs out, we semi-retired.
The show was occasionally revived; accompanying Paul Horn at College
of the Redwoods in 1981; when I became a graduate asssistant and
got to teach "Popular Culture" in Bowling Green, Ohio
in early 1990; at a "What Happened to the Hippies" class
offered at the University of Washington, around '92; and at a Seattle
Rave, where I saw how outclassed we were by modern technology.
Still, we beat the pants off all the lame "laser" light
shows I've seen.
Anyone who remembers the shows we did (headlining with the band
"Colors" for example) is invited to correspond with me