Tuesday, July 07, 2015

"Here comes the sun" (no, not what you think)

I remember the positive thinker Norman Vincent Peale saying when he got depressed he just thought about the sun and felt better.

I have tried it--it works!

The Univ of Southampton, Oxford, Manchester, and Newscastle--they did a  study of musical lyrics about weather.

More than 900 songwriters or singers have written or sung about weather. The most common--Bob Dylan, followed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Seven percent of weather-related songs are in the 2011 Rolling Stones release of the top 500 greatest songs of all time.

Frequently more than one type of weather is mentioned--indicating a range of emotions.

These can range from Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In the Wind," to "Bus Stop" by the Hollies.

The study was published in the journal called Weather.

Observations: Some songs, such as the 1969 hit "Here Comes The Sun" (Geo Harrison), were based on the first day of spring or something mundane. But they also noted that bad weather was more evident in the stormy 50s and 60s, as opposed to the quieter 70s and 80s. I would dispute the 50s were so stormy or the 70s so quiet. Also "you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" did not mean a weatherman like on the news.

But hey.

For the list, go to  http://bit.ly/1lfrtoL . You can also add more songs if you know of some.


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