So with all the rain we’ve been having on the Gulf Coast the last few day, I thought it might be fun to explore some of my favorite rainy day music.
The first that comes to mind is Tom Waits’ Rains on Me.
I’ll admit that Waits is perhaps an acquired taste, but I love his gravely, bluesy voice. And if you haven’t caught him in Seven Psychopaths, as the bunny-loving Psychopath #7, you’ve missed a real treat. Along with Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell (brilliant in this film), Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson, Waits performance is as wonderfully wicked and bizarre as the movie. If you’re into dark humor, this film is a must see.
Next in line for fav rainy day songs is Randy Newman’s Louisiana, 1927, released in 1974 on Newman’s Good Old Boys. The work is a concept album which delved into subjects like Southern institutionalized racism and Northern hypocrisy. Viewed in today’s movement toward political correctness, the album can be seen as distasteful, but Newman’s satirical take on American society in the 1970’s has been praised for its brutal honesty and clever songwriting.
Two more fine songs for a rainy day are Rainy Day Dream Away and Still Raining,Still Dreaming from The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Electric Ladyland. Hendrix is always good, rain or shine, but I really enjoy listening when the weather is keeping me in and I need a little of his unique guitar playing to pull me through. If it’s been a while since you’ve listened to Hendrix or if god-forbid you’ve never really gotten into his work, this is his quintessential recording.
Next on my list, two offerings by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Have You Ever Seen the Rain? and Who’ll Stop the Rain. ‘Nuff said. Except to point out there is a movie, Who’ll Stop the Rain, which features several CCR songs for those of you who would rather watch a movie while avoiding the downpour. I haven’t seen it since it came out in 1978, but from what I remember is was good.
Finally, Bob Dylan’s Rainy Day Women #12 and 35, is a fun song to wash away those rainy day blues. In fact, I think I’m going to listen to Blonde on Blonde right now. Can’t think of a better way to end the day.