It’s the rainy season (or snowy season, depending on where you live). Normally, precipitation would put a damper on your day. But not this time, because you’ve got a sweet playlist to keep you company.
This is the music our curators spin when they’re cozied up under a warm blanket, tea or coffee in hand, with good company or a good book. These songs add a little bit of color to the dull grey outside.
Sleepy and beautiful.
It’s a soft ballad, but Webster’s saxophone hits such an emotional, soulful high. And Oscar Peterson’s piano playing is incredibly delicate. The perfect blend of relaxed and expressive.
What more needs to be said?
– Ron Nenni
Depressing, but it’s about finding hope in music. Isn’t that what a rainy day playlist is for?
I love the upbeat drums and funky bassline that compliment Dearie’s soft and playful vocals describing a rainy day in London. It makes me want to go outside and frolic around in rain boots. Also, that sax solo at the end is killer!
Of the thousand choices for this marvelous weather, British folk seems made for it especially.
While this weather typically wants me to wheel out the old Victor Victrola phonograph and sentimentally weep all over my vocal jazz and blues 78s, this is the song that invariably pops in my head as soon as the first drop falls. It’s guaranteed to improve my mood and make a grey day better. From Scottish band Marmalade, “I See the Rain” is an excellent distillation of British beat and budding psychedelia, and was reportedly Jimi Hendrix’s favorite single of 1967!
This 1963 version of “In a Sentimental Mood” has the two jazz giants reinterpreting Ellington’s composition as a much more delicate version of the original, sans the big band swinging. They make it sound like a quiet reflection: Coltrane’s drowsy lead singing sorrows of love lost while Duke dances around the keyboard like starlight on the water, both cradled by the gentle performance of player’s from Ellington’s quartet. It’s no small feat that Duke and Trane subtly transformed what had already been a standard for nearly 30 years into a new masterpiece for the ages.
As a kid, when it rained, I would stare out the window into the forest next to my school and imagine being lost in the rain in that forest, just running. Once Last Of the Mohicans was released, this music became the theme in my head for running through a forest in the rain.
Mary Frierson signed with Stax Records as a teenager. Soon after, she was given her stage name Wendy Rene by Otis Redding and released her first single, “After Laughter.” The track features Booker T. Jones on the iconic organ part, which has been sampled countless times over. When it’s cold and dark outside, this song wraps you like warm blanket. Rainy days can be isolating and long, and this song is like a consoling voice, a reassuring friend. It urges the listener to be present during the hard times, to embrace them and not to fight the urge to cry.
“Turiya And Ramakrishna” provides just the warm, fuzzy feeling that I long for on rainy days. As a stripped-down trio, Coltrane’s soulful yet matter-of-fact piano is accompanied by Ron Carter’s introspective upright bass lines and Ben Riley’s delicate brush drums and percussion. If you’ve got the rainy day blues, this intimate track may be just the soundtrack you need.