And Then, Rain

“Here comes the rain again.”

It is a line in a song to which I know neither author nor title. For that matter, any of the other lyrics in the song. Probably comes from my youth, sitting in front of the television, singing along to the sales pitch of boxed set cassettes. Hits from the 80’s. The commercials were prevalent in those days and in my innocence, I would think they were the same song. To this day, I remember the lines and sequences of the commercials. Something you would learn after being in a boat with me on a slow day.

I digress… The misplaced line of the song in question is sort of doldrum and probably not about rain at all. It is reminiscent of most songs in the rain genre. Minor keys, sadness, bankruptcy, all elements of rain apparently. These people must come from Seattle where nonstop, boring, minor key rain is a way of life.

It has been 19 years. NINETEEN YEARS of extreme to exceptional drought here in New Mexico. In case you were wondering, exceptional is not positive. All those years I thought my P.E. teacher was complimenting me… Allow me to preface, I don’t live in the mojave or similar, it just doesn’t rain much here. Our record high temperature was 99 degrees some years ago. Our rainfall has just been unusually low. It may change, and I’ll be waiting.

The adage, when it rains, it pours, is fitting around these parts. Most often comes as a surprise to us muggles and meteorologists alike. Not the Louis Armstrong Muggles or the ologists of meteors, for that matter. I can see for parsecs out here and one would think they could see it coming. You can’t. At first, a puffy cloud, a normal anomaly of humankind. Don’t blink, it’ll get you. Much like the rhythm. When I see that water column falling from the sky in my path, I rejoice. Everyone does, it is a powerful virus out here (do I keep referencing stuff… The Thing) that spreads joy. The end of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, cannons and all. Somehow, in my demented little mind, destruction via rain is something I’ve always wanted to be a part of and there is no storm as potentially destructive as a New Mexico storm. It just has nothing to destroy here.

Maybe we do not have big rivers that expand beyond their banks, so what!? Here, both rain and rivers are a new surprise every time.

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7 responses to “And Then, Rain

  • Robin Horgan

    Annie Lennox on vocals, Eurythmics credited with the performance, written by Annie and Dave Stewart (aka Eurythmics). They were better as Scottish punks The Tourists, but that was in their former life!.
    I think its great you are writing your blog again, you are a talented guy, sorry to hear some of the recent timeline has been crap. exaggerated by big biz, but good stuff, especially writing has an ever increasing importance in this digital age. Who knows, maybe I feel a cult coming on?

    • backcountryfishnerd

      A cult of zombie bloggers… I’m in for that! Thanks for the info on the song. I was so tempted to look it up, I just felt like if I did, it would ruin the story. Turns out rain isn’t what the song is about! Ha! You know, it is what it is. My philosophy is that if you don’t like something, it isn’t hard to make it right or correct your course accordingly. So, that’s what I’m doing.

  • ShesaManiYak

    I love your wild ranges of “referring stuff”! It lays down the (cannon) fodder for an interesting journey through each story. The Beatles’ “Rain” is my favorite rain song, though I’m a bit partial to “Kentucky Rain” bein’ a KY girl! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒฆโ˜‡I’m quite happy to see you writing again as well. I had been thinking about you a few weeks back. You’re a fine wordsmith and storyteller. Have you considered novels such as John Gierach writes? I think you would thrive if ever inclined to do so. ๐Ÿ˜Š in the meantime, keep on a keepin’ on!

    • ShesaManiYak

      I love your wild ranges of “referencing stuff”! It lays down the (cannon) fodder for an interesting journey through each story. The Beatles’ “Rain” is my favorite rain song, though I’m a bit partial to “Kentucky Rain” bein’ a KY girl! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒฆโ˜‡I’m quite happy to see you writing again as well. I had been thinking about you a few weeks back. You’re a fine wordsmith and storyteller. Have you considered novels such as John Gierach writes? I think you would thrive if ever inclined to do so. ๐Ÿ˜Š in the meantime, keep on a keepin’ on!

      • backcountryfishnerd

        Writing a novel is a passing thought at times. My friends have, but I can’t think of a story I could tell for that long. Fiction is not my strong suit. I’m really glad you picked up and enjoyed the references!

  • ShesaManiYak

    Then perhaps a collection of short.stories, which you’re already doing so putting them into a collection should be no.impossible task. I.think you’re very talented and paint such a.clear.picture for the reader’s mind to envision. As I said before….the journey. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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