Monday, July 16, 2012

Thinking of Rain, Duties, Music...and Rain Again

This morning is a busy one: a little blogging, a bank run, and finishing the LifeSharer letter.

The afternoon is full as well with its highlight being a presentation of "When Swing Was King" at Skyline. Joining us for the event will be a dozen teenagers from Hope Church and afterwards, we will be heading back to the church with these young men and women to enjoy some ice cream and Claire's cookies.. and to have a discussion about ministry to seniors.

And then, we'll get the LifeSharer letter printed and start the folding, envelope stuffing, stamping etc. in order to get it ready for the mail.

But before all of that, I've got another mandatory assignment -- I've got to to get out and get the lawn mowed. And the expectation of performing that chore in this heat and extreme dryness is making me yearn for rain.

And thinking about rain reminds me of a couple of posts I put on the blog and Facebook a couple of summers ago. One of them was a compilation of my Top Ten Rain Songs and the other was YouTube clips of three of those selections. I re-post them now for your consideration and, hopefully, your enjoyment.

First the Top Ten Rain Songs:

10) Rhapsody In The Rain -- Lou Christie (Written by Lou Christie and Twyla Herbert. Melody inspired by Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet.")

9) Rainy Days and Mondays -- The Carpenters (Written by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams.)

8) Walkin' in the Rain -- Jay and the Americans (Written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil.)

7) What Have They Done to the Rain -- Marianne Faithfull (Written by Malvina Reynolds.)

6) (I'll Do My) Crying in the Rain -- Everly Brothers (Written by Howard Greenfield and Carole King.)

5) Kentucky Rain -- Elvis Presley (Written by Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard. Featured on piano was Ronnie Milsap.)

4) Summer Rain -- Johnny Rivers (Written by James Hendricks.)

3) Early Mornin' Rain -- Peter, Paul and Mary (Written by Gordon Lightfoot.)

2) Smoky Mountain Rain -- Ronnie Milsap (Written by Ronnie Milsap.)

And...drum roll, please. The Number One Rock Era "Rain Song" is:

1) Rainy Night in Georgia -- Brook Benton (Written by Tony Joe White.)