Rainy Day People

I haven’t been very musically inclined lately, so I started thumbing through (literally using my thumb) some old music files on my IPhone… stuff I had recorded just messing around at one time or another.

I am not a fan of my voice, but with one song I recorded, Rainy Day People by one of my songwriting heroes – Gordon Lightfoot, I was struck by my take on the song and I heard the lyrics in a way I never had before. I suppose the events of the last couple months had a lot to do with it, but oh how I have come to appreciate the care and love of Rainy Day People. As I listened to my vocals, it almost seemed like my heart understood something back then that my head had not yet recognized. Interesting.

I sense that many of the bloggers that I enjoy following are Rainy Day People because they bring insight, both in words and pictures, that can only be presented or experienced after spending some time with pain, loss, disappointment.  I know my best conversations are with Rainy Day People. Surprisingly, these are not negative or morbid conversations, they are just impactful and supportive, and usually end up being quite hopeful. I am sure there is inspiration for other songs called, “People I talk to who make me want to jump off a cliff into the icy sea,” perhaps sung to another Lightfoot classic, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -Try it, I think it might fit – but no need to go there.

Thank you Rainy Day People!

2 thoughts on “Rainy Day People

  1. Your voice has soul Gary…….and eloquence……I understood all the words. People from England learn to embrace the rain or they would never be able to do anything……it rains all the time. You can either look out and see the rain and stay cooped up inside, or you can go outside and accept that you’ll get wet and actually begin to enjoy it. I’ve done this a number of times when being caught in a Summer thunderstorm without a coat. Instead of tensing my body and run through it, I just relax and enjoy the rain…..as long as I know that I will be dry soon. Enjoyed the post Gary.


    1. And I enjoyed very much your comments here. In Paradise, we got around 60 inches (150 cm) a year (except for the drought years) and I finally learned to just view it as water, not a hardship. I guess that hopefulness of a dry future is very important too. Thanks Len, love your insight.


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