Spring is coming, and for a lot of people that means rain is coming, whether in sheets or showers.
Rain means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Artists like to use art to talk about what certain things mean to them. This makes rain a popular topic amongst musicians. Here’s a look at just a few of the results.
No Rain – Blind Melon Blind Melon
Director Samuel Bayer couldn’t have guessed at the time that “Bee Girl” would be as iconic to the era as the song that offered her the chance to shine. The song has become a happy anthem of a happy time, emblematic of the mid-90s, when anything was possible.
Ironically, the song is about the opposite of being happy. Blind Melon’s drummer, Brad Smith, wrote it about a depressed ex-girlfriend that would complain when it wasn’t raining because she didn’t have an excuse to stay in the house and sleep all day. I wonder how she feels knowing her depression created a song that makes millions of people dance joyously whenever it comes on.
The Rain – Akon Konvicted
Akon takes a different route and writes a sad song about the rain. He uses rain as a metaphor for life’s struggles, in particular the hectic schedule and responsibilities that come with being a popular artist.
A lot of people have the idea that being a star is all fun and glory. The truth is that truly impressive stars have schedules that would cripple the complainers. Sure, they get rich doing it, but money doesn’t solve all life’s problems.
Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage Garbage
Shirley Manson is amazing. She makes me want it to rain so she can be happy seeing the world miserable. That’s impressive.
Rain – Concrete Blonde Mexican Moon
Sung by one of the most haunting voices in rock, this song fuses airy gothiness with hard-edged notes to create something beautiful.
Another Song About The Rain – Cracker Cracker
Expect Cracker to write a song with the feeling and emotion of a song about the rain, about songs about rain. How very meta…
Regardless, it’s good.
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – Willie Nelson Red Headed Stranger
This song was Willie Nelson’s first #1 hit. It wouldn’t be his last, but it will forever remain one of his greatest.
Dancing In The Rain – Blu & Exile Below the Heavens
The song that introduced me to one of my favorite albums of the past decade, Dancing In the Rain is a story about how to keep your head up.
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