Day two of rain, and we had our first hours-long power outage in quite a while — notable because it wasn’t crazy-storm-related, since we were in mild but constant rain mode. The first hour was entertaining — flattering candles! the sound of rain! — but by the end of the second hour I had moved on to taking a mental inventory of food in the refrigerator that would be destroyed if we had another all-night outage, and wondering how people reheated dinner in the days before microwaves.
But the power is indeed back on, and inspired by my friend Melissa’s post on Facebook that asked her friends what their favorite “rain” songs were …
Five songs in my iTunes library with titles that contain the word “rain” (and not cheating and using words like “rainbow” or “train”):
1. “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” Missy Elliott. As I mentioned here, I have a soft spot for early Missy Elliott, back when she and Timbaland were unknowns and their stuff sounded totally new. And also because of the video. While most women starting in rap and R&B end up marginalized as the tarted-up girls on the side, here came Missy in a trash bag and the craziest video ever.
2. “The Gentle Rain (RJD2 Remix),” Astrud Gilberto. From one of the Verve Remixed albums, which I consider gems — although I admit to cherry-picking tracks instead of buying entire albums or boxed sets. (“Wait ’Till You See Him (De-Phazz Remix),” yes, please [it’s my favorite of all the tracks — listen to the full song here]; “Tenderly (Mocky Remix),” no, thank you.)
3. “It’s Raining Again,” Supertramp. That’s right: I paid money for a Supertramp song. I think I was having a moment where I felt like backfilling some of my ’80s catalog. Yes, a further look shows I also grabbed “Goodbye Stranger” and “Breakfast In America” at the same time … and if you asked me to hum the melody or recall any of the lyrics to “Breakfast In America” right now, I would come up blank. (As I learned after playing it, it’s the one that includes the phrase “Don’t you look at my girlfriend / she’s the only one I’ve got.”)
4. “Rain, Rain, Go Away,” Gerry Mulligan. I don’t have very much jazz music in my collection, and much of it is thanks to the “Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown” disc — also from Verve! — on which artists from B.B. King to Chick Korea and, well, Gerry Mulligan pay tribute to the songs that have appeared in “Peanuts” TV specials.
5. “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain,” The Judds. Mostly to assuage my friend Jess, who usually takes me to task — but nicely! — for not include more country music selections in my iTuned Ins.
(And yes, I left “Purple Rain” off because it would have been too easy.)
|WHAT SAM WORE: 1-19-10|
|The shirt: Long-sleeved cotton crewneck sweatshirt, on sale at Old Navy.
(It looks just like my neighbor’s, which he got at J. Crew.)
|The pants: Zatiny jeans by Diesel (sort of like these), from the Diesel store
at Cherry Creek Mall in Denver two years ago, for my birthday.
|The shoes: Sneakers by Puma, from Last Chance.
(Today the founder and “corporate values shepherd” of our company
was wearing a similar pair, but in black. And I doubt from Last Chance.)