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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A 'Rainy Day' playlist

AS the season of raindrops and puddles falls upon us, we find ourselves being lulled into a gentle trance time and again when we hear the pitter-patter of cloud-tears against our windows and the wind blowing through our houses. Being bundled up in a warm blanket with a steaming cup of hot chocolate grasped between their fingers is just about the perfect scenario for many a person.

If you’re the kind who likes to allow yourself to find solitary solace in the sweater weather, you might be interested in checking out this Rainy-Day playlist to help you add some “mood” to your relaxation.

Warm On A Cold Night – Honne

The song was released on Sept. 1, 2014 and was featured in British electronic duo Honne’s debut album, with the same name. It gives listeners a glimpse of the chill electronic music style of Honne and starts its intro with a muffled voice over almost reminiscent of late-night radio shows. It is one of those rare songs that induce the chill-but-not-sleepy vibes.

Liability – Lorde

Liability is a piano-based song made by the New Zealand singer-songwriter, Lorde, and is about two to three minutes of pure feels. Nothing less than expected from the artist, the song’s lyrics are a form of poetry that delivers lines that hit listeners where it hurts blow after blow—centering on the themes of loneliness and self-love. The album, entitled “Melodrama,” was released on June 16, 2017 and is actually, what many fans speculate and call, her “definite break-up album.”

Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes” is not a new song (it’s found in the album “In Between Dreams” released back in 2005), but is a crowd-favorite for rainy days. In fact, there was once a post circulating around Tumblr that recommended people to play the song on YouTube while opening another tab with a website that simulates the sound of rain—just for the sake of its cheery relaxation vibes. The song focuses more on the folksy and acoustic side of the music spectrum.

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

This one has a bit of a mind-blower. Without prior knowledge of the singer, one would listen to Fast Car and easily think that the vocalist was a man. Tracy Chapman just has one of those unique kinds of voices that get listeners thinking twice. The vocal quality isn’t the only thing that stands out in this 1988 classic—the melody and lyrics are a marriage between nostalgia and melancholy. The song falls in the sort of folk rock genre, and it’s no question why the song was nominated for a Grammy Award as “Song of the Year.”

W’ay ‘Blema - Wonggoys

This song is the perfect contrast to what the rain usually offers. As melancholy rears its ugly head, this pop single by Cebuano artists Wonggoys is the total feel-good, pick-me-up song to remind one’s self to keep a positive mindset in the midst of trials. In English, the title means “No Problem.” Talk about positivity!


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