Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Good Morning, Class of ‘64
Driving on a Rainy Day (print) - Unnamed Artist

The Rainy Day

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Grey clouds and lightning bolts have been  prominent on the desktop weather for today. Now huge raindrops have made an appearance, with a temperature of 48° that will drop to 8° at some point during the day. In some mountain areas snow will fall, but no snowflakes are pictured on the three day desktop weather for our area, even with the drop in temperature. 

Why is the absence of snowflakes being questioned when it should be reason enough to shout Halleluiah? Why is that unseen weather man, who passes out reports that seem to update on their own, so mistrusted? 

Maybe if we lived in a tropical paradise with more consistent weather, we'd appreciate him a little more. But only if he were spreading sunshine all over the place, so we could put on a happy face. 
"No," he says, "Baby, the rain must fall."
Just like Longfellow: "Into each life some rain must fall".

If Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had been living in our era, he might have written that song, Baby, The Rain Must Fall (from 1965). Do you think he would have? Would he have been a rocker? Maybe, a folk singer, do you think?

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Rhythm of the Falling Rain
Number three on the US pop chart on March 9, 1963, 
and spent two weeks at number one on the US Easy Listening chart
Rhythm of the Falling Rain - The Cascades - 1963

 Rain Scene from The Quiet Man
John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara
Graveyard Kiss

In 1598 Michel de Montaigne wrote:
 "There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent."


Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
Roger Miller

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