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So much for my preventing Rain with this series,
It has been raining or threatening to, virtually every day since I opened my mouth about it.
This is the next-to-last episode, and not because I am running out of Rain songs.
In fact, I have so many left over, I decided this would be a Kitchen Sink presentation.
I would just throw the Kitchen Sink at you with Rain songs as they came into my head.
Actually that's not much different than usual, lol!
I think most of these will be known to you, but maybe not.
One was banned by Radio Stations, one by a group that had begun in the early 60's and was trying to keep up with the times and dip into what was starting to be called Progressive Rock, another is one of my favorite Oldies from the 50's, one I really like was sent to me from Mother Hen Productions, and so on.
This first half of the show required less thought, as I had to work through a sadness- if Rain falls, so do Tears, and I don't mean that in some philosophical sense.
I was feeling the shock, the disbelief, the mourning over the loss of Pete Fornatale, the most creative DJ I have ever heard.
He couldn't REALLY have died, could he?
As I went along, I couldn't help wondering how he would have handled this Rain series...what he would have played?
And I was slowly getting out of the funk, and getting back to the pride I have both in the similarities and the differences Pete and I always had.
In the near future I will find a way to honor him on Rockollections.
Here's the link into the Kitchen on a Rainy Morning, at WLSO.FM:


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Comment by Mike Pell on May 14, 2012 at 12:55am

You KNOW it?

I was just sayin', lol!


Comment by Jon on May 13, 2012 at 4:49pm

Yeah. That rain song from Kansas. Know what you're talking about!

Comment by Mike Pell on May 13, 2012 at 10:40am
Jon, you are the HEPPEST of all cats
But I don't Google, well sometimes I do for information about the exact year a song was released or the album if I am taking it from a compilation.
I think I've heard that Kansas's about Rain, lol?
Comment by Mike Pell on May 13, 2012 at 10:35am
No, you wouldn't suck at it RJ, and I guess there is nothing wrong with using Google.
I just don't want to see a list of songs that would be influential on what I choose.
Sometimes I don't know where I am going next, other times you can practically SEE the thought bubble of where I am going...even anticipate the next song or songs.
Either way, the thing I like about that is that it creates a peculiar situation where you can actually get to know me by my musical choices!
I don't want to be a computer or an iPod on shuffle, but a person, and a strange one at that, LOL!
Comment by Jon on May 12, 2012 at 8:46am

Yep, Mark Cote was the one. Coool song, man. Totally hep. Hepcat. Cool. Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaah.

If you googled, you might have come up with a song by Kansas. Just sayin' (again).

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on May 12, 2012 at 7:37am

I agree with you Mike.  I love that you can think of the number of songs that you use without using Google.  That's why you are great at this and I would suck at it.  I'd have to use Google.  

Comment by Mike Pell on May 12, 2012 at 12:19am

OUTSTANDING pick Mr. Mills!

Man, I never thought of it but I sure as hell should have!

Apparently, in my brain, the Rabbit died, lol!

Comment by Mike Pell on May 12, 2012 at 12:15am
Thank you my brother in rock, lol!
Nice expression there, I dig it.
My second CCR tune in the series and Fogerty's vocals always seem great to me.
That Four Seasons one is a forgotten gem, and a decent contender for the Golden Pell.
It is corrctly Baby, The Rain Must Fall, but two n's in Glenn, and I too think it is the most worthy recipient for the Golden Pell.
What was probably lost was my subtlety in choosing that to open the show.
In the lyrics there is that independence of "Wherever my heart leads me, baby, I must go, baby I must go".
And "I don't know now what waits for me, maybe Heaven, maybe Hell", both references to the life, then death, of that now gone DJ, Pete Fornatale.
Honestly, I do remember Driving My Life Away by Eddie Rabbit, that's a good one.
But the song I should definitely have thought of is his I Love A Rainy Night.
I have shamed myself and my family, if I were samurai I would have to kill myself, lol!
Great call by Mike Mills!
Here's a little secret- I refuse to use Google or anything else to find and list songs on a particular topic.
I steadfastly prefer to think of them myself, keep it real and organic!
If I had Googled I am sure Eddie's song would have popped up...actually I'm not sure since I've never tried it, lol!
So what we have here is, if I don't think of a song (and no one comes up with a suggestion I can use), it doesn't get played.
We use computers too much, makes us lazy.
I prefer to be human, lol!
Don't you agree?
Thanks for listening and writing my brother in Rock (still liking that!),
Comment by Mike Pell on May 11, 2012 at 11:30pm
Do you mean the song I got from Mother Hen Promotions?
That would I Wish You Rain by Mark Cote.
I said it had a retro feel to it, so it has to be that one.
No more listening at work, I require your full attention, lol!
Is that right, Kansas did a song about Rain, lol?
Thanks for listening (at work) and writing,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on May 11, 2012 at 3:23pm

Dang, I forgot about that one.

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