Music on Mondays (3-2-15)—Have you ever seen the rain?

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

It’s still raining. Thirty hours straight. Do Mother & Father Nature not remember that this is San Diego and that it doesn’t rain here in March. Or is Mr. Climate Change even more powerful than I had imagined?

Nonetheless, since it’s raining, I thought we’d explore rain songs for today’s Music on Mondays.

I have to start off with a rain song by my all-time favorite group, The Beatles:

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“Rain” was the B side of the “Paperback Writer” single. Nonetheless, “Rain” made it up to #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 while “Paperback Writer” made it all the way to #1.

However, when I thought about doing rain songs, the first song that came to mind was “Rainy Days and Mondays by The Carpenters:

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“Rainy Days and Mondays” was The Carpenters’ fifth hit, spending 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at #2, staying there for two weeks.

Supertramp with “It’s Raining Again,” a 1982 hit of theirs that peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100:

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Creedence Clearwater Revival released “Who’ll Stop The Rain” as the B side of their 1970 single “Travellin’ Band.” In my opinion, they got that one wrong. “Who’ll Stop The Rain” is the better song.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival obviously had a fascination with rain. Here’s “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” from 1971, a hit that peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100:

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In Spring 1970 I was in the high school chorus. The teacher gave us the music for our performance in the regional contest, “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” a #1 hit by B. J. Thomas from November 1969. Sadly, our chorus wasn’t the only chorus that chose that song for regionals. That might be when I realized that I didn’t want to be faddish, and I never have been.

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As an example, I was way late seeing “The Dress” on social media. Here’s my take on “The Dress”:

Black cat with blue eyes

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And lastly, probably my favorite song about the rain:

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26 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (3-2-15)—Have you ever seen the rain?

      1. philosophermouseofthehedge

        With water being so valuable, yet iffy, isn’t it time we find some way of shifting all that snow to where it’s needed? Or storing underground? The Romans moved water…
        (and you know there’s got to be bad spring flooding ahead)
        Loved the cat (Sure Zoey was in on that idea)
        All we have is fog, drizzle, rain, cold – and repeat endlessly….

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          San Diego gets most of its water from the snowmelt east of San Francisco. That, of course, is Lake Tahoe and its surroundings, and the people there like snow. So let it snow there and I’ll happily drink the resulting water!

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