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Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

The recent rainfall has many of us smiling. At least it does me. A little water from the sky does wonders not only for our Iowa crops but for our yards, our plants, our wildlife and our attitudes. Some people say rain makes them sad. Not me. In fact, I happened to notice how many of my favorite songs are about rain. See if any of these ring a bell:

Of course, there is the classic, “Singin’ In The Rain” by Gene Kelly. The clip from the iconic movie is a cool video in a time before videos were cool. Check it out. You will smile, too.

The late 1980s brought us “Blame it on the Rain” by Milli Vanilli. OK, they didn’t actually sing the song, but the guys could dance — not like Gene Kelly, but they could dance. I have not admitted this publicly for a few decades, but I do have this CD… somewhere.

One of my favorite sing-along rain songs is “I Love A Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt. I will forgive him for the misspelling of his last name, because “the windshield wipers slapping out a tempo” can make you forget about anything and start tapping your feet along with this snappy tune — with or without rain.

I remember being a child and hearing “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head” by B.J. Thomas on the AM radio in our kitchen. The song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and it was played by nearly every radio station on nearly every rainy day for a decade.

Those who know me well recognize that one of my favorite songs is “Purple Rain” — not the Prince version but rather the twangy 2016 tribute by Dwight Yoakam. It’s a bluegrass masterpiece. Check it out.

Creedence Clearwater Revival had several hit songs about rain including “Who’ll Stop the Rain” and “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” John Fogerty and the band couldn’t seem to make up their minds as to when to use a question mark or not in their song titles, but they did play incredible music. And with the word “water” in the band’s name, they had to write at least a few songs about rain.

OK, rain makes me happy, but a few songs about rain can be depressing. Even so, they are some of the best songs of any era. “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor defines that, which is clear in this 1970 live version.

In recent years, I have come to appreciate the music of Gordon Lightfoot and came across this wonderful song about “Rainy Day People.” It’s not “Sundown,” but it works.

In middle school, our chorus teacher, Mrs. Mawdsley, had us sing “Smoky Mountain Rain” by Ronnie Milsap. Even though I flunked chorus, I still like the song, including this live version with commentary from Milsap about working with Elvis Presley and playing piano in “Kentucky Rain,” which, maybe not ironically, was co-written by Eddie Rabbitt.

“You know it makes me feel good.”

What songs about rain did I miss? Shoot me a note and let me know.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Iowa Cubs play Columbus today at Huntington Park.

MLB Aug. 29: Cardinals 13 Reds 4, Blue Jays 5 Cubs 4, Twins 4 Red Sox 2, Brewers 7 Pirates 5  ... READ MORE

From the Food Dude

Dzo Korean BBQ"s website says that construction should be complete by mid-September, but opening date depends on staffing. That is everyone's problem the last three years. The restaurant will be on Ingersoll between Sakari and Big Tomato. — Jim Duncan


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We begin a stretch of very warm and dry weather that looks to last into the holiday weekend. Expect highs in the mid to upper-80s.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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Clark Tower

"We took a side trip to the Winterset city park on our way to the Iowa State Fair. A most interesting find!" — Diane Ferguson 

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Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Bar to Play Games
1. Up-Down
2. Smash Park
3. Operating Room



Norwalk alumna has vibrant design career

Chandler named to Nashville 30 Under 30 list.

By Lindsey Giardino

While she no longer lives in Norwalk, Halie Chandler (formerly Halie Anderson) continues to have a strong connection to her hometown.
Her mother, Jill, has been an educator in the Norwalk Community School District for more than 30 years, and her parents continue to call Norwalk home.

“I have great memories growing up and have lifelong friendships that spurred from my time at Norwalk High School,” Chandler says. “I feel as though I owe a debt of gratitude to the city and the school system for preparing me to venture off to college and, ultimately, into my career.”

That career has been a successful one.
After graduating from The University of Tennessee with an architecture degree in 2014, Chandler ventured to Nashville to pursue an interest in design. She received her architecture license in 2016 and co-founded Daniels + Chandler Architects with a close friend in 2018.

.. Read More In the August issue of Norwalk Living.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Greg Birkett and Gail McGaughy!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Cameron Diaz, Warren Buffett, Andy Roddick, Trevor Jackson, Michael Chiklis, Raffey Cassidy, Johanna Braddy, Lewis Black, Ryan Ross, Lisa Ling

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
How do you double the value of a German car?
FILL ITS TANK WITH GAS! Gail Tomlinson, Irving Stone. Other answers from William Snyder

Today's Riddle

What is the electric version of the Volkswagen called?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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