Today is Monday and it does have a foreboding forecast of
sleeting rain and even, in the northern part of Ohio and
other areas of the country: Snow!
The most memorable song, which includes the variability of
our weather forecast for tonight is, “Cold Rain and Snow,”
by the Grateful Dead, 1966. Its original song was an upbeat
tempo rock song, but is also recorded more slower paced.
We can feel cheerful when we remember the way our elementary
teachers had us draw, paint or write about this little ditty:
“April Showers Bring May Flowers…”
I used to staple umbrellas and ducks for the month of April on
my bulletin board in my preschool and elementary school teaching
days. My teaching assistant and I used to like to use chocolate
pudding to create ‘mud’ during our finger painting art times. Once
their paintings would dry, we would have the children the next
day paint pink pigs. Which later, we cut out and glued in their
“mud holes.” I used the pattern of Wilbur, from the book,
“Charlotte’s Web,” by E. B. White to draw on fingerpaint paper.
The subject of ‘rain’ is one that could include multiple choices!
It all depends on your mood or what reference point that leads to
the subject matter. Your mood can be affected by when it comes to
which thing or event reminds you of it. Whatever triggers you
into rain’ it can be powerful in its message. The word can evoke
Rain can be deep, richly laced with symbolism.
Rain is a ‘favorite’ or popular subject found in poetry, musical
lyrics and movies. It is the subject of the Shakespeare play,
“The Tempest,” and the movie, “The Perfect Storm.”
Then, there are the simpler, less nuanced, basic levels that
come to mind when you think of ‘rain.’ Of course, coworkers
and people one runs into on the street, often talk about the
weather! Everyone uses this as one of the ‘blandest’ and most
common denominator of subjects.
It can also evoke memories of good times where the song
brings back fun thoughts. Then, due to its darker side
which includes such diverse elements as cloudy skies,
lightning, thunder and storms, it can hold serious ‘weight’
to it. It can be a dangerous event or subject. Monsoons,
typhoons and storms while boats or ships are out to sea are not at
all light-hearted subjects.
There are familiar expressions that include those same words, too.
I like the fact that there are a couple of movies with the subject
of ‘rain,’ included in them.
Some have theme songs, that are paired where they are remembered
as ones that originated in the movies. There are songs which simply
imply the subject matter of rain in their lyrics.
When people complain about too much rain, they say it is ‘raining
cats and dogs.’ This probably brings smiles to children and ones
There are many people who have not lived through a drought or a
monsoon, so they should be careful when they complain about the
weather. It could certainly be much worse!
Here is everything I could come up with, from the top of my mind,
on the subject of Rain:
1. “It’s raining, it’s pouring the old man is
snoring,…” This is a rather silly nursery rhyme or old saying
chanted in a singsong manner.
2. I love that breathy rhythm and blues song called, “Stormy Weather,”
don’t you? This was sung in 1933, for the first time in the famous,
“Cotton Club,” by Ethel Waters. The movie of the same name, is still
considered one of the best musicals, with an ethnically diverse cast.
The beautiful singer, Lena Horne, is included in that cast. I highly
recommend this, if you have never seen it!
3. Although not really fitting with the theme of the movie, B.J.
Thomas’ song, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” was featured in
a light-hearted break in the movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
I love the picture I get in my mind, of Paul Newman riding in circles,
with the actress, Katherine Ross, on his bicycle’s handlebars. My
favorite lines in that song are not about the rain, but about the sun
and the way you can change your mood: (Remember “I did some talking
with the sun…”)
“But there’s one thing I know,
the blues they may send to meet me,
won’t defeat me.
It won’t be long, till happiness
comes up to greet me.”
4. “Rainy Days and Mondays (Always Get Me Down)” can get me both
sad and weepy or on better days, just nostalgic. My memories of
the Carpenters include how they were guests on variety shows.
Since Karen Carpenter’s voice is so beautiful in this song, I
try to remember the gifts of their voices and songs the sister
and brother sang together. Richard must have been devastated after
his sister died accidentally of her body shutting down from the
serious illness of anorexia nervosa.
5. I cannot help remembering the excitement I felt, when I heard the
song, “It’s Raining Men.” (“Alleluia!”) It is credited to be sung
by the Weather Girls, but somehow I thought Donna Summer also sang
6. In the song, “Let It Rain,” Eric Clapton created a true iconic
song. He married a central Ohio woman, which makes me happy. His
song about the death of his son, he wrote into a song, “Tears in
7. If rain were colors, then I would like “Purple Rain,” but
the song and movie, with Prince the singer (who now uses a
symbol to represent himself), is very dark and includes an
8. On the “B” side of the record that had a much more famous
Beatles’ song of “Paperback Writer,” is the one which is now
featured in a Cirque de’ Soleil musical simply called, “Rain.”
9. One of my oldest daughter’s favorite groups, during her middle
school years, was Creedence Clearwater Revival. We used to just
say, “CCR.” There are two songs with the word rain in it that we
enjoyed. Our favorite was “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” and the
second was, “Who’ll Stop the Rain?” They are not the same and both
carry different messages.
10. Who can forget the group, “The Eurythmics?” They sang a really
meaningful song, which became overplayed and lost its importance.
“Here Comes the Rain Again.”
11. There are Bob Dylan songs with rain in them, but only remember,
“Buckets of Rain.” What is another one?
12. I love and adore James Taylor’s, “Fire and Rain.” If the first,
beginning notes or chords are played, I have to turn my radio up
loud and sing the words with him!
13. An ‘oldie but goodie,’ that Melvin reminded me of, at lunch
today, was another ‘favorite’ of mine: “The Temptations” singing,
“I Wish it Would Rain.”
The final reference for rain, that you have been waiting for,
asking, “Did she forget it or what?” is…
The movie and song, “Singing in the Rain!”
Simply a fun and sunny outlook on rain, with Gene Kelly, Debbie
Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. Gene Kelly’s voice and dancing
erase all the bad moments and memories on the subject of Rain!
Adding a postscript today, July 30, 2014:
There is a definition in the urban dictionary, where they accept all
kinds of ‘new uses’ and like to ‘invent’ words. Anyone out there who
enjoys or likes rain, you are a “pluviophile!” Smiles for this addition!