If you're an Australian many of will know and have felt the results of crazy winter weather that hasn't been seen in a long time. Some say that Melbourne is boasting the coldest winter in twenty years, whilst inland regions between New South Wales up through and into South East Queensland have recently had snow.
The Gold Coast has had some of the coldest winters days in a long time, not to mention our share of torrential rain and sudden bursts of warmer midday temperatures than usual. It's certainly a time for us who are more use to warmer temperatures even in winter to be rugging up and for some us staying indoors even more and looking after our health. We're certainly being cautious after such a horrendous bout of bronchitis for this family over the recent school holidays.
But despite the sickness (it's just one of those things), as far a I'm concerned there is still a very special delight in rainy wintry days, a time to quieten oneself, go a bit slower, enjoy leisurely indoor pursuits and fun. I love having friends over in winter or having cozy cold nights in with Ben when the kids are in bed, drinking red wine. There's just nothing quite like enjoying each others company and pottering quietly around with some tunes playing in the background and rain is falling.
Music is always a mood-setter isn't it? When it comes to a rainy wintry day I tend to like tunes with a big message, emotion or something to have me stop and contemplate. I don't know about you and what would be on your rainy wintry days mixed tape or play list. But I thought in preparation for the next dump of rain this winter I thought I'd share a few songs we enjoy and are rather defining of time we grew up in being in our late thirties.
Janie’s Got a Gun – Aerosmith
Wicked Games – Chris Isaak (yes strange when the video clip is on beach and hot)
Come as you are – Nirvana
Pleasure and Pain – Divinyls.........R.I.P Chrissy!!!!! The best women's Australian rock voice EVER!
Bat out of Hell – Meatloaf
Yellow – Coldplay
Never Tear Us Apart – INXS
Have You Ever Seen the Rain – Creedence Clearwater
My dear friend Helen Edwards at Recycled Interiors is one of my fellow winter loving friends, like me she's not one to be brought down by the change in season of weather and rejoices in the beauty and it's possibilities. I asked Helen being a fellow winter and rainy day lover to tell me a few songs that are on her rainy wintry day play list.
Fields of Gold – Sting
Graceland - Paul Simon
The Horses - Darryl Braithwaite
Landslide - Stevie Knicks but the Dixiw Chicks version
Hurricane - Bob Dylan
I love Helen's selection as it's much different to mine but all of the songs I have a significant connection to and have a message I take away from each one. I find that during winter I spend time in contemplation about many things........where I am, where we are as a family, how we are going and relating to one another and what messages we are giving our children.
I find that song lyrics can have different meanings to different people based on their relation to the world and where they are. Despite what a musical artists intention is with writing lyrics, I truly believe that it's the greatest compliment to an artist when lyrics can be interpreted in many ways and can transcend to serve or give comfort, solace, understanding, enjoyment or connection for someone in a myriad of ways.
I connect with this verse from Landslide:
Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
I hear so many people make complaints about rainy and wintry weather and how it makes them miserable, or how they simply just hate it and it's boring and there's nothing to do. I have never felt that way and I put it all down to my upbringing and my mother's outlook about the seasons through the changing years. She has always rejoiced and embraced this type of weather and as I result I have always felt the same. When everyone else is moaning about the winter and the rain, I'm the one delighting in it, and finding comfort and connection with myself and my family with cozy leisurely pursuits.
What is on your rainy wintry day play list, are you one to worship the rain and the wintry weather or do you find something special in all the changing seasons of the year?