Looking for some blue, mellow tunes for those rainy, spring days? I know I am here in Seattle! And while you may think this chic mix play-list should be about sunshine and beaches, I think songs about rain are so much more. They are really about our inner thoughts and desires, and the rain, coldness, unease, and uncertainty of it all are symbolized by it slowly dancing on the window pane. So, from my October 7 Women Rock Radio show, I present to you this play-list…Rain Edition.
- Can’t Stand The Rain – Tina Turner
- Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) – Meredith Brooks
- Cue The Rain – Queen Latifah
- Everytime It Rains – Ace of Base
- Rainy Days And Mondays – The Carpenters
- Let It Rain – Jennifer Page
- Walking In The Rain – Grace Jones
- Thank Goodness For The Rain – Peanut
- Come Rain Or Come Shine – Peggy Lee
- It Might As Well Rain Until September – Carole King
- Rain – Madonna
- Don’t Let The Rain – La Bouche
- Run Between The Raindrops – Pat Benatar
- Let The Rain – Sara Barielles
- I’m Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
Enter a modern rock odyssey with Ghost of Summer Suns’ debut solo album.
Elizabeth Elkins’ songs seamlessly blend crunchy electric guitars, with potent stereo effects, dark, watery pianos, and vocals that beckon and echo with femme-determination. Her lyrical scope is impressive and visceral. Drawing from the late 1990s surge of women in the mainstream of music like Tori Amos, Meredith Brooks, and Annie Lennox, Elizabeth’s music invigorates the female singer-songwriter genre with an edgier fervor and a guitar work that acts as a sonically diverse and separate musical entity.
You will be sucked in by the siren’s vocality, and grin with indulgence at six-string shadowplay.
Begin a rock & roll journey through the seas of doubt, subculture, and inner desires of the heart with Ghost of Summer Suns….Jukebox Heroine.
Must listen: FireTrap
- Lisa Loeb – I Do
- I now have cat eye classes like hers. Too rad!
- The Cardigans – Love Fool
- They always played this on VH1. Total 90s, I can’t even describe it.
- Fiona Apple – Criminal
- Now that I re-watch this video, I am concerned about the whole druggie/heroin vibe. Then again, that was the 90s as well.
- TLC – Waterfalls
- Stick to the rivers and lakes you’re used to!
- Meredith Brooks – Bitch
- Yes, I am a bitch. It should be my theme.
- Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
- This is so how I felt when my heart was broken for the first time.
- Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
- Yea, until I moved to Seattle.
Photo by mutednarayan via flickr.
Mona Sterling is a Seattle, WA based alt-rocker with the chops and urban grit fitting the rainy city. With vocals reminiscent of Grace Slick and Meredith Brooks, her debut album “Lay Down Your Weapons” will satisfy anyone who loves hearing the hard truth and vulnerability surrounding love. The title track is a whimsical dance between slide guitars and witty lyrical play on not-s0-fair relationships. I picture a carnival scene-like music video. Likewise, “All Good” has a bitter-sweet flamenco feel, easy to chill to. If you are looking for cathartic release, “How Do I Say Goodbye” is the perfect blend of piano, light strings, and the pain of letting go.
My favorite tracks are “Room To Change” and “Wreck You.” I want to sing those to all of my ex-boyfriends, and then flip ’em the bird. Mona taps into the visceral “Hell hath no Fury” part of getting burned that makes rock and roll so powerful. Overall, Mona Sterling shines with emotional variety, spunk, and rebellion fitting a rocker on the rise. Check her out!