On June 21st, the world celebrates Fete de la Musique or World Music Day. Now while it originated in France as a welcoming fete for the summer solstice, it quickly spread to the rest of the world, with much gaiety and celebration all around. And although, we here in India celebrate the spring with Holi, we don’t really have a summer, winter or monsoon celebration festival. I wonder why?
In fact we suffer the summer more than anything, and it was this thought that prompted me to source out all the non-rain songs that came to mind. So here goes, in no particular order…
No Rain (1993) – Blind Melon. We all know this one, I spoke about it at length last week. So I wont repeat myself.
Heavy Cloud, No Rain (1993) – Sting. The fourth song on his fourth solo album, Ten Summoner’s Tales, is a peppy rant about the state of the weather, which is so relative to today’s scenario. Scary!
Have you ever seen the rain? (1971) – Creedence Clearwater Revival. From the album Pendulum, its one of the many covered songs of CCR, this one has been sung by many artists like Rod Stewart, R.E.M., Bonnie Tyler, The Ramones, Spin Doctors, The Fray, Smokie and even Boney M! Speaking of which..
Take the heat off me (1976) – Boney M. This ones the title track from their debut album. A huge hit on release, the album also featured the hits, Daddy Cool, Sunny and Baby Do You Wanna Bump?. But this title song is the song of the Mumbai moment for sure.
I wish it would rain down (1990) – Phil Collins. This ones from the …But Seriously album and features Eric Clapton on guitars. One of Phil Collins many top 10 hits, this turned out to be more of a Clapton song, however. But the sentiment echoes every Mumbaikars thoughts right now.
What have they done to the rain (1962) – The Searchers/ Marianne Faithfull/Joan Baez.
One of the protest songs of the ’60s, this was written to protest against nuclear testing. We just might need to sing it again.
Bring down the rain (1994) – Dio. this ones from the album Strange Highways. This one features apocalyptic lyrics like, “You always seem to find the sun/But this time, the sun is a fire/Bring down the rain/This house is burning again/Put out the flame/Bring down the rain”.
It never rains (1982) – Dire Straits. From their fourth album, Love over Gold, this eight minute epic is another heartbreak love song, but could very well be a serenade to the weather right now.
So there you go, dear constant listeners, a different list to source out for those with the inclination. As for the rest of all of us…lets hope it rains soon…if I may say so.