So it’s been a glorious September here in the northeast US of A, save for a sweltering first week or so. Brilliant sunshine, a bit cold for this time of year, feels more like October. I love autumn, the leaves are starting to change and should peak in 2 or 3 weeks here. My city runs roughly on an academic schedule, so after a plodding summer i’m absolutely spanked with work, with no real relief in sight until the new year when the work dries up for a month or 2 or 3. Which is all good, i like the looks of my bank account and getting a solid chunk put away for a rainy day.
Which i find i’m looking forward to. Rainy days, that is, and it looks like we have a week of them coming up if weather.com is anything to go by.
First and foremost, for the good of my country. You may not be aware of it overseas, but we’re in a pretty serious drought here, and it’s particularly severe in California. Climate change is not bullshit. They have towns that literally have no water, the aquifers are becoming close to depleted, they’ve had record temps, lots of wildfires, crops that depend on a lot of water (orchards, rice, etc) can’t be tended. The snowpack on the mountaintops (the most important thing, rain would be only a bandaid) has been melted down without being replenished. Here in the east, our biggest problems come from rising oceans due to glacier melt. But this Sept, due to the cold weather and lack of rain, our crops were lovely but peaked early and died halfway through the harvest season. Anyone planning to enjoy the schaudenfreude of seeing my country hit bottom, enjoy the show. I’d put money on it being lack of water that ultimately does for us. Nevermind my warmongering vote whoring corporate bootlicking government bleeding us dry chasing oil while in the meantime stuffing the country as full as it possibly can with potential votes and cheap labor for Walmart and Silicon Valley so we can all fight over the dwindling supply of scraps we have left. (And that’s just the Democrats. The Republicans deny that climate change even exists.) But i digress. And offer up the quick and cheap playlist above of songs (ostenably) about rain as a sort of musical rain dance to whatever gods of water there may be.
In a personal sense, i look forward to rainy days for a chance to just slow down, stay inside, contemplate stuff, and see if i can figure out what’s on my mind. I have my usual go to rainy day albums – Hunky Dory, After The Gold Rush, Harvest, Court and Spark, Sticky Fingers, Koln Concert, blah blah blah.
Common thread seems to be some melancholy, acoustic-y, some piano, and a lot of folkies. So in anticipation of some desperately needed downtime (which rain or not, isn’t going to happen this week), i figure it’s time i start to assemble a new stockpile of rainy (or snowy, more likely, by the time i get there) day playlists for myself. DsD already got me started with an Endless Melancholy list he sent me a week or two ago. (Nope, Rich, still haven’t gotten there yet. Haven’t got to edit yet either.) So here’s a new work in progress list of mostly folkies for some anticipated extended downtime, albeit a long way down the road – maybe a rain dance for myself.
Feel more than free to post your own tunes, lists, and / or musings as you see fit.
Pete Doherty – I Am The Rain
Damien Rice – Lonelily
Babybird – Failed Suicide Club
Counting Crows – A Long December
Elliot Smith – Miss Misery
Okkervil River – A King and a Queen
Laura Marling – Rest in the Bed
Mountain Goats – Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise
Deer Tick – Song About a Man
Mark Lanegan – Phantasmagoria Blues
Brucie – Nebraska