Rainy Day Music

Most mornings, I listen to music on YouTube as I check emails and read blog posts. It is a part of the day I greatly enjoy as I hear old favorites and discover new ones.

This morning I was going to listen to Foster The People’s Tiny Desk Concert—courtesy of NPR—but the rain stopped me. My desk is by a window overlooking the front yard, and even though the day was cool and rainy, it was warm enough to leave the window open.

As I was about to click on Foster The People, I became aware of the gently falling rain and the soft dripping sound as it fell on the road and the front lawn. I heard various birds—a cardinal, a tufted titmouse, a chickadee, goldfinches. From the little pond up the road, the deep croak of a bullfrog. And because I don’t live in paradise, the occasional car or truck. All sounds of everyday life from my home at the edge of the woods.

Later in the morning, the rain abated, and I went outside with my camera.

I took pictures of snapdragons in the deck box,

a mouse-ear hosta in bloom,

a red daylily above Minerva the cat,

the flower of another hosta, whose name I do not remember,

and a web with jewels resting on a coleus on the deck.


And for readers who are interested, here is a link to the NPR Tiny Desk concert featuring Foster The People.



47 thoughts on “Rainy Day Music”

  1. I’ve been seeing a large number of those jeweled webs in the mornings. It probably means something — maybe an early winter?? — but I don’t know. I didn’t plant snapdragons this year, and I miss them; yours are pretty.

    1. Thanks, Debbie. Not sure if the jeweled webs mean anything. I planted mini-snapdragons in various pots. Perfect size. And with diligent dead-heading, those snapdragons bloom and bloom.

  2. I must admit I could use a little sunshine, but the sounds you described made me smile along with your beautiful pictures. Nature at its best. πŸ™‚ I hang my head while I say this, but I have never listened to music on YouTube. I’ve watched more instructional pieces than I could count, but never music. I’m thinking I’m missing something. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Yes, nature at it’s best. Perhaps you’ll check out some of your favorite bands and singers. What a joy to be able to hear music that you love.

  3. There is nothing quite like some rain on flowers and shrubs, to me (as an Aussie) it signals the plants will grow and thrive. Your description of your early morning start reminds me to do the same, the sounds of the birds are just as joyful as music, and Much better than listening to the news!

    1. Listening to the Bleachers right now! I was unfamiliar with them. I really like their music. Their indie sound is right in my wheelhouse. Thanks for the recommendation.

    2. Actually, I had heard the Bleachers. Just didn’t remember the name. Listening to “Take the Money,” and I’ve heard that song before. So, thanks for reminding me of them. Really good song.

  4. Sometimes those natural sounds are all you want to hear – I can never understand people going for a country walk with headphones on.
    My time for listening to music is either in my sewing room – although that has been overtaken by audio books lately or, more often, in the kitchen whilst cooking the evening meal. Kitchen dancing – a great stress reliever.

  5. The flowers look lovely, even in the rain! And thank you for posting your music selection. I always enjoy the introductions to new musicians for me.

  6. Sometimes I’m ambivalent about rain during the week, because it means I can’t work, and I’m always ambivalent about rain on the weekend, especially if it’s hard enough to keep me and the camera indoors. On the other hand, a rainy day with open windows and birdsong — and that wonderful rainy fragrance — is a real treat. Even truck tires sound better on a rainy road!

  7. Very evocative! There’s a lot to be said for a gently rainy day, especially when viewed from within a mini-heatwave.

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