For some of most emotionally laden songs ever written, the culprit is rainy season. With this weather, the playlists that crop up can turn out to be as torrential as our local bouts of habagat. Some people find solace and comfort in being indoors, while some take advantage of the low temperature to consume more coffee and hot food than their conscience usually allows. Some just like the sound of the rain pitter pattering in the background while they’re lost in their thoughts, listening to music blaring through speakers or whispered intimately through their earphones.
Here are ten songs that either capture the gloom or succor of rain and storm; included are some proverbial picks. Grab a blanket, crawl into bed or sit by the window, sip some hot chocolate, and press play. (Note: best played in order!)
“Catch You“ – Rjay Ty feat. June Marieezy
Though it’s not a new release, it has the best blend of soul and urban sound, and will always have an endearing, timeless appeal. I heard this first when I was doing some writing, coincidentally, on one stormy afternoon. The upbeat hook and gorgeously chill verse from June Marieezy just sound immensely well put together. Listen to it while sketching or painting, as a light drizzle softly taps on your roof.
“Dreamer” – Skymarines
Quickly turning out to be my favorite synthpop muse from Davao, Skymarines’ music exudes warmth and grace. “’Cause even if the sun won’t shine tomorrow…” she sings gently, in a way that makes it feel okay. When the sky finally clears up, listen to it and take a look around. The grass looks greener and smells fresher, life resumes outside, and the sun comes back—as it always does.
“Lwaxana” – A Problem Like Maria
Pluck some wisdom from this song if you must (there’s loads from it), and then loosen up to let its melody dance in the air. There’s a certain allure to it and sternness that casts bullshit away. Listen to it every time you need to get your head straight. You know those rain-soaked lovers’ quarrels you see in movies? This is the perfect score for when the girl sashays away from the drama she does not have time for.
“Superhero” – KidWolf and Justin Domingo
There’s a cheesy local movie where the lead character says that when it rains and you don’t carry an umbrella with you, run for cover—but if there’s none around, then just dance in the rain. Now, while the idea of it seems to be hokey, let’s strip ourselves of the skepticism for a while and just do it. This is one of those fun songs to dance to while we’re at it.
My Favorite Movie” – RomCom
It’s raining damn hard outside and the growling thunder’s got nothing on your bickering. As tempers go down and heads get cooler, you kiss and make up, like you always do. You settle on a decision, grab drinks, and talk. Talk about the world and everything in and about it—it doesn’t matter. Your love story feels like it’s straight out of a John Hughes movie, only with homegrown pop (provided by RomCom) as the soundtrack.
“Peach” – Identikit
It has been a long drive on the expressway, passing toll gate after toll gate. The hustle and bustle of the city is still very away. You roll down your windows and feel the cool breeze after the rain. You stop for gas, grab some fries and iced tea, buy cheap sunglasses from the store—and off you go again. This is playing on your car stereo. And you do one of the most underrated joys of driving: sing in the car because it’s only you, your feelings and the road out there.
“Hard to Get” – Bbygrl
Saab Magalona’s been a steady part of the local gig circuit, moonlighting as the lead vocalist of all-female band Duster, and her new band Cheats, among many things. One of her other side projects is BBYGRL, where she softly coos against nippy synths, much like this weather. Listen to it while thinking about your faraway lover, bokeh lights, and the cities a hundred feet below you. Maybe he’s doing the same somewhere beyond your reach.
“Manila Skylines” – Ephesus
The daylight dwindles—not that it makes a difference, with the grey skies and its harrowing winds and thunderstorms. The gods are angry, and so are you! You are distraught and the towering buildings do nothing to calm you; so you run as far as your feet can take you. And then you catch your breath as if your life depended on it. I imagine this playing while I’m on a helipad, screaming at the top of my lungs, crying—with the rain still beating me for the most tears shed.
“We Wouldn’t Be So Easily Broken” – Threads
Some things are beyond words, some are too big for it—like this track. I’ll let this song “speak” for itself. You (and me and everyone else) are free to interpret it in whatever way you wish. Listen to it while you contemplate and shut out the rest of the world.
“Closure” – Makopa
Jazz and rainy evenings are meant for each other. Add some wine, and let all three balance out the best affair of your life.
As published in: Amplify.ph