As the remnants of Ida make their way through our neighborhood, I thought tonight might be a good one to think about rain songs. I’ll start with a great clip of Usher dancing along side of Gene Kelley and “Singing in the Rain.”
I’ll follow with a clip of a very young Nanci Griffith singing something those of us who are not so far removed from our drought days might still be willing to sing: “I Wish It Would Rain.”
And speaking of youngsters, here is Stephen Bishop in an American Bandstand clip singing “Save It for a Rainy Day.”
One title can lead to two good songs; here’s the Jayhawks (also from long ago) singing their song of the same name:
James Taylor covered the song “Rainy Day Man” with great success; here’s Bonnie Raitt singing it back to him at a tribute show.
I’ll let her song be the segue to James Taylor and Elvis Costello covering the Everly Brothers’ “Crying in the Rain.”
She’s got a song that fits the category, so I can’t pass up the chance to share Patty Griffin’s “Rain.”
And I’ll close with another cover: the Boss singing John Fogerty’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain.”
Stay warm and dry, my friends.