Celebrate Each Day with a Song ~”Rain”

Today would have been John Lennon’s 77th birthday. Growing up in the 1960s, the most common names spoken in the household were John, Paul, George and Ringo. The Beatles are still innovative and spectacular as artists. How many bar bands go on to become brilliant trendsetters of a generation, influencing musicians for generations to come. John Lennon was greatly admired for his charm and sharp intelligence. He could be direct and often shook a few trees with his candid, insightful words in song or in interviews.

The majority of Lennon’s musical career reveals a man of keen sensitivity to his and our souls. He often showed us self-confidence, pride and self-doubt. Amazing that he could thrive as an artist with the pressure to perform and be always a little better than before.  I don’t think modern audiences understand how popular The Beatles were. Their strong work ethic and determination to be the best are some of the reasons for their success.

Listening to the works of Lennon and McCartney today, it is clear which artist was the majority writer on each song. “Rain” is a Lennon composition and perfect for this damp day in New England. Thank you John for putting your heart into everything you did. An artist, writer, actor, musician, poet, singer, peace activist and songwriter. Happy Birthday to an outstanding artist. Miss you still John.

From the B side of “Paperback Writer”, released on a 45 rpm in May 1966

Rain

If the rain comes they run and hide their heads
They might as well be dead
If the rain comes, if the rain comes

When the sun shines they slip into the shade
(when the sun shines down)
And sip their lemonade
(when the sun shines down)
When the sun shines, when the sun shines

Rain, I don’t mind
Shine, the weather’s fine

I can show you that when it starts to rain
(when the rain comes down)
Everything’s the same
(when the rain comes down)
I can show you, I can show you

Rain, I don’t mind
Shine, the weather’s fine

Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines
(when it rains and shines)
It’s just a state of mind?
(when it rains and shines)
Can you hear me, can you hear me?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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