Playlist Friday: And now, for the weather

The outdoor art show season is upon us, so if I may address the weather gods for a moment: “You’ve pulled some interesting tricks this year. That hail-bordering-on-snow in May was a neat one. But let’s not go crazy this weekend. Some of us have outdoor exhibits to set up. Go have a beer on a patio, relax, listen to some tunes about your heroic exploits, let the sun do its thing. Kthxbye.”

“Stormy Weather” – Pixies

Sometimes there’s just nothing more to be said. When it’s time, it’s time. That time is not this Saturday. Just sayin’.

“Lightning Crashes” – Live

This is an epic, life-and-death thunderstorm they’re singing about. Once-in-a-lifetime thing. Statistically unlikely to happen this weekend. Unless your baby is due?

“Moanin’ Wind” – Michelle Rumball

This is how I feel about wind, too. But, as this lovely Toronto singer points out, you just gotta stick it out. And make sure you weight down your tent properly, or it’ll fly away.

“Strange Weather” – Marianne Faithfull

Just a really beautiful song. Not really about the weather at all.

“More Than Rain” – Tom Waits

Neither is this one. Wait, none of them are. Forget I said anything.

“Come Rain or Come Shine” – Etta James

Come shine, thanks. Oh, you’re all out of cake? So my choices are “or, death”?*

“A Foggy Day” – Billie Holiday

Actually, if it’s not too late to change my order – I’ll have a foggy day instead. Calm, not too hot, everyone walking around in the privacy of their own personal cloud like the world hasn’t been fully rendered yet. My favourite kind of day. Didn’t realize it was on the menu.

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Ray Charles & Betty Carter

As the years go by, this classic duet sounds less and less like a romantic snowed-in night, and more and more like date rape.

“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” – Ella Fitzgerald

Ok, weather gods, if you’re going to go all crazy on us this weekend, then why not something really spectacular? Show me what you got.

“Here Comes the Sun” – Nina Simone

Just kidding. You can show me later. Not this weekend – I already have something planned. Just take it easy. It’s alright.

Continuous YouTube playlist here.


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