Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

A Rainy Day

Posted October 25, 2007

What was your favorite rainy day of all time?
What did you do?  Where did you go?  Who were you with?
We're having a "puddle wonderful time" this week following an unprecedented drought.  One of my fondest memories goes back to a rainy day in the 1960's when I was a kid growing up in Morganton.  I recall slipping a quarter into the jukebox at a cafe near the old elementary school and listening to the song "Rhythm of the Rain" by the Cascades.  I loved the song so much I played it five times in a row.
Several months earlier I received my first guitar as a birthday gift from my parents.  It was a $17 Sears Silvertone with metal strings that made my fingers ache.  But I was so inspired by that beautiful melody I heard on the jukebox that I went home and wrote my first song - a simple three chord creation.

Later I wrote a fan letter to the composer of "Rhythm of the Rain."  Cascades lead singer John Gummoe and I became pen pals.  Several years ago I reconnected with John and we remain good friends today.  John wrote the song while in the Navy on a rainy night at sea.
While you rekindle your own rainy memories I hope you enjoy listening to two instrumental songs I have written about the rain.   "Tin Roof Rain," complete with sound effects, came to me during a stormy night at my cabin in the mountains.  "Alleghany Rain" was written on my front porch in a rocking chair during a gentle autumn shower.


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  • camphost Oct 26, 2007

    I have such fond memories of growing up in the country living in an old farm house with the tin roof. Listening to the rain on a tin roof and reading a good book was so relaxing. I get the pleasure of sitting in my favorite chair watching the rain and listening to your music as I have done for the last couple of days. Such a stress remover!

  • bobbles30 Oct 26, 2007

    When my husband and I were dating, we went to Lake Johnson one day to do some fishing. We were at the Dam when it just started to thunder and pour. We had to walk back to the car, but I just laughed the whole entire time. The sunroof was left open, so our seats were soaked, but so were we so it didn't matter.

    I seem to miss him more when it rains and I am not with him.

  • mcmags Oct 25, 2007

    Bill, Love your blog today. I often wonder, do you see the posts those of us add late into the evening? I can't read your blog until after work and kids are in bed. My favorite memory is of my boys when they were little. They would be donning raincoats and rain boots and play in the puddles. It always seemed to be that a puddle is just where a little boy is happiest. We also started a family tradition of "puddle walks" on the greenway near our house. I am glad we showed our guys the joy of rain!

  • MaplesMom Oct 25, 2007

    I wasn't able to listen to the music at work. My hubby and I just listened and your CD just made it's way onto my birthday wish list. Your music enduces pure relaxation. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!!

  • thefensk Oct 25, 2007

    Years ago when my folks were visiting from Texas we got caught but a sudden deluge in the old house at Duke Homestead during a toug. After waiting in vain for about 45 minutes with no let up, most of it further enjoying the house, the tour guide finally called the main office and they sent a van around to pick us up. It was actually quite pleasant down at the old place on a rainy day.

  • bleslie Oct 25, 2007

    These are really good! Let's hear some more stories.

  • fishnett5977 Oct 25, 2007

    In 1967 I lived in Greensboro and attended Porter School. We lived about 6 blocks so I walked everyday to and from. I was of only about 3 girls that lived on Elmer Street at that time. The rest were boys either in their teens or younger than me. I'll always remember one of the boys from 2 doors down - John - who walked back and forth with me alot. He was in his teens then and a very big tall guy. One day on the way home it started to rain. We took a short cut through a grove of trees and listened as the rain came down through the leaves. We splashed in puddles,got our feet soaked and fun! He acted like he wasn't "too old" to be a little kid again! I've forgotten his last name now, and I've been gone from there since 1969 but I think of him and his brothers often. I still like to play in the rain at age 48....

  • classicsue Oct 25, 2007

    My favorite rainy day was quite a few years back when my three boys were pre-teens. We were all at Holden Beach in the middle of August and it rained all day. I got up early and made a big breakfast. My husband and I read and drank coffee all morning while the kids played video games. After lunch we all spent the entire afternoon and evening playing Star Wars Trivial Pursuit!! What a blast!!

  • MaplesMom Oct 25, 2007

    I'm taken back to the year 1992(okay- I'm a youngin'). I was in college and it had been dry for a long time. One morning it started raining and it rained all day. By late afternoon the parking lots where flooding and the rain wasn't stopping. My friends and I ran outside and literally danced in the rain for what seems like hours. No umbrellas or raincoats- we just got wet and had a blast. It was one of the best afternoons of my life. Never done anything like it again. Every now and again I have this urge to just go dancing in the rain; but alas, those days are gone.....

  • Silver loves Rebel Red puppies Oct 25, 2007

    At my house on rainy days, we used to watch the 1990's version of "Godzilla", set in New York, because it rains in NY through the whole movie. Also something cozy to eat like homemade soup. It seems almost odd to me to have a rainy day, but the gloom really helps put me in the mood for Halloween, and I'm happy about that. Sunny and mid 80's just wasn't getting me there.




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