Ready for sunshine and warm breezes, gray skies not cheering me up at all. With all the happy songs written about sunshine, can you think of any happy songs about cloudy, rainy days? I googled it! There are dozens of happy sunshine songs and only a handful of happy rain songs. At least 3 of those are suspect. “Pennies from Heaven” sounds happy, but it is not really talking about happy rain, it is referring to pennies falling and turning them into something good. “Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain” is for reminding me of the fool I’ve been. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head” is about talking to the sun.
I understand pennies falling and I can use those. I already know about the times I have been a fool and need no reminder. If I was playing in the rain with Paul Newman and Robert Redford and B.J. Thomas singing in the background, I might could be happy just talking to the sun without seeing it.
From my early teen years, to mid forties, sun worshipping was part of my daily devotion. I could not wait for Spring and sunshine to come, always ready with my suntan lotion, bathing suit and towels. Getting a tanned body early on was most important so I could be assured of looking fabulous in shorts or sundresses and the anticipated trip to a beach where I could show off my carefully acquired skintone. Of course, there was the occasional day of over cooking, uncomfortable days of recovery and the shedding of skin.
Although I still enjoy sitting in the sun, working in the garden and going to the beach on occasion, I now cover as much of my skin as possible, wear hats and use SPF 30 sunscreen. The sun is still my friend, but, just as with some human friendships, I have been left with reminders of those sun worshipping days with some unpleasant memories and, specifically from my relationship with the sun, brown spots and occasional bumps or moles for the doctor to see.
Hopefully, with age comes understanding. I still love the sun and it makes me happy. I understand that the rain is necessary for everything to thrive and grow and I really think someone needs to write more songs about being grateful during the rainy days.