Hal David

Rain

What’s the deal with meteorologists? Why do they always apologize when there’s rain in the forecast? I like sunny days as much as the next guy but I love the rain, too. It doesn’t have to be depressing, but songs, for the most part, reinforce the stereotype: “Stormy Weather,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Raining in My Heart,” “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall,” “Here Comes the Rain Again” and on and on.

There’s a Greg Brown tune that starts off in the same vein, but then he comes to his senses…

The OK

A chair is still a chair
Even when there's no one sitting there
But a chair is not a house
And a house is not a home
When there's no one there to hold you tight
And no one there you can kiss good night

- from “A House is Not a Home” by Burt Bacharach and Hal David