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Your least favorite song.  I hate a lot of songs.  If I’m in the car and a Rush song comes on, I move with a speed I didn’t think possible to change it to anything else.  Unless it’s Joanna Newsom, this one makes me very sad, because I like her, and she has very pretty hair, and I don’t dislike her songs, but her voice just doesn’t work for me.  Which makes me feel like a horrible person because that’s such a personal thing, to criticize someone’s voice. AND! I’ve been a fan of Billy Corgan for years, and I know his voice is difficult to love.  I think I’m going to give her another shot.  Owen Pallett covered “Peach Plum Pear” at SXSW, and it made me think it was time to try again.  When I think of the worst of the worst, of a song that I hate so much that I am furious with myself when it gets stuck in my head, it’s Ween – Push Th’ Little Daisies.


I hate it so much that flames, flames, on the side of my face . . .

That makes it better.

And then there’s this.

This person started recording a few seconds late when he/she figured out what was happening. There is another video, but it’s all blurry.  Ok, fine, I’ll post that one too.

Did I mention I was at this show? So great.

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I’ve had this post as a draft for months, but seem to have mostly encountered rain when I was out of town and not blogging. It’s supposed to rain today (well, it was supposed to rain yesterday too) – but I’d really like it to rain today. So this is a Cure-esque prayer for rain as much as anything.

I’m a big fan of the theme playlist. I have dozens of them. When I drove the 22 hours from my old home to my current one I mentally compiled theme playlists during one entire day of driving. I had notions of auditioning at my local college radio station only to get to my new town and find out that the most popular/iconic DJ’s signature is theme playlist shows – there goes my chance at radio greatness. So I just amuse myself with them.

My Rainy-Day Playlist (ultra-literal)

  • The Beauty of the Rain – Dar Williams
  • Singing in the Rain – Gene Kelly
  • Don’t Rain on My Parade – Barbra Streisand
  • It’s Alright – Indigo Girls
  • Rainin’ in My Heart – Willie Nelson
  • Purple Rain – Prince
  • Raindrops + Sunshowers – The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Have You Ever Seen the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Prayers for Rain – The Cure
  • Rain King – Counting Crows
  • The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) – Missy Elliott
  • No Rain – Blind Melon
  • As the Rain – Jeb Loy Nichols
  • Raining in Baltimore – Counting Crows
  • Monday’s Rain – The Clientele
  • Lover, You Should Have Come Over – Jeff Buckley
  • Rain Check – Ani Difranco
  • Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • I Wish it Would Rain – The Temptations
  • Here Comes the Rain Again – Eurythmics
  • Rainbow Connection – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
  • Over the Rainbow – Willie Nelson
  • Raining in Darling – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
  • Rain City – Turin Brakes
  • When it Rains – Eli Young Band
  • Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Willie Nelson
  • Raining in Philly – J.B. Beverly and the Wayward Drifters
  • Over the Rainbow – Connie Haines
  • I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
  • Didn’t it Rain – Songs: Ohia
  • Who’ll Stop the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • William, It Was Really Nothing – The Smiths
  • Plainsong – The Cure
  • Rainy Days and Mondays – The Carpenters
  • Bus Stop – The Hollies
  • Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head – B.J. Thomas
  • Mercy of the Fallen – Dar Williams

I know there are other rain songs, but these are the ones I own and ergo the ones on my playlist.  It’s a long list – Seattle long even though I live in the sunny south and as I look out my window the gray clouds are dissipating to reveal a bright blue sky.  I’m normally a sun girl, but not today.  To you it might sound strange; I wish it would rain.  (Oh how I wish that it would rain.)  If you haven’t heard that Temptations song, you really should.  It’s one of my favorites and on the cusp of perfect song-dom.

My assault on the world begins now.

<3 Ice (wo)Man, Power LL

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