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I am addicted to lists. I live and die by my to-do lists. At the end of each month I put the quantifiable information into a spreadsheet. There is a corresponding Word document that has details about certain entries. The spreadsheet has categories like classes taught, abstracts submitted, conferences attended, and all those other things that I will need to know when I go up for tenure. The Word document has the deets. It also has the numbers, but it says what kind of classes, what the abstract subject was and where I submitted it, and what, where, and when the conference was. I keep all of my paper to-do lists and put them in a three ring binder, the color of the ink on the to-do lists matches the color of the binder – except for one week when I could not find my purple pen. I can tell you what I did at work pretty much everyday since I started my job 11 months ago. Yeah, I like lists. I also like music. A lot. I have music playing all day everyday. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I work in a library and should probably turn my music down, but the library bought me nice speakers, and I feel like I owe it to them to use them. If you’ve read this blog before, you might remember that I really like making playlists. I am now completely addicted to I finally have a venue for my dozens of playlists. This week I finished a series on the five stages of grief. I have been building these lists since 2006 when a friend and I were going through corresponding tough times. They are still “a living document” as we say in the biz, but I’m including them here for your listening pleasure. Well, your listening denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

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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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