January 11, 2012 · Updated 3:01 PM

One of my all-time favourite comedians was George Carlin – mainly for the comedy he did about language.

Language is my favourite subject also, and I thought of combining it with things about the arts like singing, painting, musical instruments etc. It came to me how they were intertwined in our everyday language. Once I got into it, I could not stop and would wake up with another thought, and, being afraid I’d forget it by morning, I would write it down right away. I keep a piece of paper and pencil on my bedside table just for such a purpose.

Hang on to your hat, here we go:

Buy it for a song;

Paint the town red;

Beat the Rap;

Fiddle while Rome burns;

Swan song;

A picture paints a thousand words;

All bells and whistles;

Sold it for a song;

Clean as a whistle;

It’s not over until the fat lady sings;

He marches to his own drums;

Blow his own trumpet (or horn);

What are you harping about? (my favourite of course);

Paint a nice picture;

Soap opera;

All singing and dancing;

Play second fiddle to.

That is all I came up with. If you have some to add, please let me know. It’s fun to collect these sayings.

January is a slow month for the arts. There is no news yet from the Sicamous Amateur Drama Club about the coming year or from any other group. I am sure things will start to happen soon.

Let’s hope we will have a great art year in 2012.

If you have any art news please contact me, or 250-836-4705.