Unfortunately I didn't have time to write a Sunday Scaries last week. I didn't think it was going to be an issue, but ever since then I've been dying to share some music. Luckily, it rained the entire day in Cambridge yesterday, and it's still raining today. People are always complaining about the rain. Someone told me to "stay dry," as we were parting ways, and I think it's the worst piece of advice I've ever received. With every fiber of my being I aim to do the exact opposite. My high school yearbook quote was Bob Marley's "some people feel the rain, others just get wet," and while you may be condescendingly thinking something along the lines of "ohhh duuuude sooo chill" because it's Bob Marley and whatnot, that quote is something I live by. Rainy days are special, and they mustn't be taken for granted. It takes a certain kind of song to embody the same energy that is emitted by the rain, and these are just a few examples.
1. Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles (No Link)
I tried to copy the embed code for this one from iTunes, but it didn't work, so you'll have to find it on your own. There's a live version on Spotify that's pretty good, but the studio version on iTunes is the one I'm currently addicted to. I don't remember what brought this song to my attention a few weeks ago, but as soon as I stepped into the rain on my way to yesterday morning's practice, I thought of it. I have zero shame in saying that I listened to it upwards of 40 times throughout the day, and several more times already this morning.
2. C Minor Blues - Chilly Gonzales
First of all, Chilly Gonzales is one of the coolest names I've ever heard. With that being said, you have to be very careful with his "C Minor Blues". Yes, it's an amazing song, and yes, it's energy is amplified by grey skies and rain, but shit starts to get weird if you listen too many times. Trust me, I've done it. The piano is so jam-packed with longing and nostalgia that it can transform into a rabbit hole, and, as we know, you must never go too deep into the rabbit hole.
3. Lenny - Stevie Ray Vaughan
My brother John showed me this song, and thus introduced me to the greatness that was, and is, Stevie Ray Vaughan. I cannot wait for the day I put into writing every specific detail of the moment I heard "Lenny" for the very first time, but for now it's better left unsaid. Stevie Ray Vaughn is considered to be one of the best guitarists of all time, and he certainly put his skills to work in this one. He died in 1990 at the age of 35 when the helicopter that was transporting him back to Chicago after a show with Clapton crashed into the side of a mountain. It has been said that SRV's performance on the night of his death was one of his best of all time.
4. Meditation - ki(ng)
ki(ng) is a producer I found on soundcloud last year, and I highly recommend you give them a follow. "Meditation" is one of my favorites. It's almost 24 minutes long, but it's definitely worth giving a full listen, especially on a day like today. There are some really cool mixes of various jams within it, including one of the best mixes of a Biggy Smalls song that I've heard to date.
5. Stormy Weather - Etta James
This morning I told my brother that I was planning on writing this blog post. He sent me a few recommendations, and this was one of them. Awesome song from Etta James. Pretty sure she's covering the original, however, I'm not sure who did it. If you know, holler at me. Didn't have much time for research out here.
6. Rainy Streets - Blue In Green
I don't have a clue who Blue In Green is, so I don't have anything crazy special to say about this tune. All I know is that my brother showed it to me last Spring, and that it's phenomenal. It's a song I turned to often when I was going through some serious mental warfare at the end of my sophomore year. Bluesy hip-hop type instrumental.
7. Dancing in the Rain - Taylor Bennett
Taylor Bennett is Chance the Rapper's brother. If he were to read this, he'd probably be pissed at me for starting my description of him like that, but it is what it is. Regardless of that fact, "Dancing in the Rain" is a song that I love. It also features "Donnie Trumpet" who is one of my favorite musicians.
8. And It Stoned Me - Van Morrison
Half a mile from the county fair, and the rain came poorin' down. Exceptional storytelling from Van the Man.
9. Riders On The Storm - The Doors
Another recommendation from Johnny Edmo. Kid is lethal in the tunes department. "Riders On The Storm" is another song that can very easily transform into a rabbit hole. I just purchased a costume for halloween that pretty much looks exactly like Jim Morrison, so this is some pretty fantastic timing here.
10. Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
The perfect song to end this post with. Dire Straits is a band I was introduced to when I was very young, but it took a while for me to appreciate their music. "Sultans of Swing" is a masterpiece that contains one of my favorite guitar solos. I was listening to Classic Vinyl on Sirius XM in my car one time, and the host, Dusty Street, whom I love, was talking about the idea behind "Sultans of Swing". She said the members of Dire Straits walked into a bar one night and a band was playing some live music. Apparently they really really sucked but it looked like they were having a great time up there on stage. Listen to "Sultans of Swing" with that in mind, and it'll really make some sense. Phenomenal stuff.