Monday, August 3, 2015

Speaking of Downpours...



It’s been raining here for what feels like forever, but is really only about two weeks. But still. This is the Sunshine State, not the I-Haven’t-Seen-the-Sun-in-Days State. Everything is wet. Fortunately, we have no flooding in my neighborhood, but there are streets closed in Tampa and elsewhere because of the rising water. All I want to do is curl up under a blanket and read or watch a movie (and snack)—I have to force myself to get my work done. I miss the sunshine, and the energy I get from it.

And to make things worse, my iTunes shuffle has been playing rain-related songs this morning! It started with Neil Sedaka’s “Laughter in the Rain,” and moved on to Sara Bareilles’ “Let the Rain.” So out of curiosity I checked my song list to see what other songs I had that were related to rain. I came up with “It’s Raining Men,” by The Weather Girls, “Here Comes the Rain” (The Mavericks), “Here Comes the Rain Again” (Eurythmics), and “Africa”—as in “I miss the rains down in…” (Toto). On a brighter note, I also have “Here Comes the Sun”  (The Beatles), and “Chasing the Sun,” (Sara Bareilles again). Should I make a playlist?

If I wanted to, I could download and add the following rainy songs:

“Singin’ in the Rain,” Gene Kelly
“Rainy Days and Mondays,” The Carpenters
“Who’ll Stop the Rain,” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” B.J. Thomas
“It’s Raining Again,” Supertramp
“Fire and Rain,” James Taylor
“Bring on the Rain,” JoDee Messina and Tim McGraw

But I don’t think I will. I’ve had about enough of the rain, and I want to keep music the simple pleasure that it is.

I hope your Monday is sunnier than mine.

What’s your favorite rainy day song?

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6 comments:

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Kathy- I know your pain...it has been the
rainiest summer here too up until this past week. Hopefully August will be different. Hope yours will be too. Hugs! "

Cheryl Gebhart said...

Too bad you can't send some of your rain up to us. We still need some more rain to fill our ponds, although most of our state has had enough rain to finally be out of its drought.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Debbie--We have a clear sky for the first time in days this morning! We've been very lucky where I live--there's some really bad flooding in Tampa.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Cheryl--I wish we could send the rain to you, and to California, where my parents live, and where it is so hot and dry. Too bad it doesn't work that way. We have a clear sky this morning, but I'm not sure how long it will last. We need to dry out!

Sketchbook Wandering said...

I like the rain when it's not pounding too hard...With the story time toddlers we always sang Rain Rain Go Away and It's Raining It's Pouring...
I have nice memories of one childhood summer, of putting on our bathing suits and playing in the rain, splashing the rivers in the gutters...it was fun until we found out our mothers weren't too happy about it...I like your list of rain songs.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Rita--I remember singing both of those songs. And your childhood memory sparked one of my own. I used to grab my umbrella and put on my galoshes and wade through the gutter...for what reason I do not know! I seem to recall liking the way the water poured over my feet like a river. And I'm sure my mom would have been thrilled to know I was playing in the gutter!