Musical Reflections on the Rain

Here it is, almost the middle of May, and it doesn’t feel very warm. It’s been oppressively cloudy and rainy for over a week. We all need the sunshine and the rain, but sometimes it feels a bit much. At least I have my raincoat and umbrella in my wheelchair bag, just in case.

There are so many songs about rain: “Rainy Day People.” “Laughter in the Rain.” “Rainy Days and Mondays.” “It’s Raining Men.””Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” and so many others.

Since I’m hoping for a day without rain, I kept thinking of a title track from an Enya CD. The piano tune is very pretty. Here it is:

And here’s a happy song from my favorite movie musical, Singin’ in the Rain.

I love to see Gene Kelly swinging from the lamppost. You cannot feel down when watching this film!  I’ve seen it in local DC movie theaters, on PBS, on TCM, and I’ve had my own copy for many years now. It never gets old. The stage musical a friend and I saw some years ago at Wolf Trap was great as well. Appropriately enough, there was a thunderstorm that night.

And I just like “Come Some Rainy Day,” by Wynonna Judd. above.

So many people have covered “Come Rain or Come Shine” that I can’t pick a favorite. Here, Eric Clapton and B.B. King perform it.

The Birmingham Sunlights are a family gospel singing group–all brothers. I’ve seen them over the years at different places. Here they are at Strathmore in 2009. “It’s Gonna Rain” is from their CD For Old Times’ Sake.


Two Favorite Spiritual Songs from a Current Read

I recently discovered the work of Christian author Jane Myers Perrine. My aunt and I are already on the second volume, The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek. In today’s chapter, “Wade in the Water” and “Oh Happy Day” were mentioned in a visit to a neighborhood church. I hadn’t heard either song in a while, so I thought I would present them here.

I’ve felt scattered lately, so “Oh Happy Day” helped to get me back on track a bit. Here’s the version by the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

I can’t decide which version of “Wade in the Water” I like best. The first version is by Ella Jenkins; the second, The Staples Singers.