Serenity Sundays: Music for a Rainy Day

A Little Rain

“Into each life a little rain must fall.”Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It was drizzling all morning in San Diego, and continuing to do so into the afternoon.

Sundays like these, I’m just glad I don’t have to wake up at 5am and get ready for the church gig. Sundays are a much needed rest day for me, and the only day in which the family has the most “quality time” together. Thus, sacrificing the church gig, which I found very rewarding and overall very fun to do, was what I had to do.

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Music for a Sunday Afternoon

the home office

What do I listen to on a quiet Sunday afternoon? While my oldest son was doing his college homework, and while my wife was reading a novel, I was doing a lot of things; but on the computer while surfing the web, I’ve been listening to The Beatles, the original Broadway Cast recording of Les Miserables, Keith Jarrett, and pioneering New Age musician, Deuter.

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Beatles Music

The songwriting team of Lennon/McCartney is undoubtedly one of the most prolific and successful of the 20th century. And many of you, they were a big part of my life while growing up. That said, I have my own particular favorites, which tend to center on their latter works. Although, I spend many an hour listening to the classic “Meet The Beatles”, their later music always captured my interest even more.

Still, The Beatles Stereo Boxed Set is something I’ve been wishing I had, despite the fact that I already have most of their albums already.

  • I Am The Walrus
  • Penny Lane
  • Strawberry Fields Forever
  • Hello Goodbye
  • All You Need is Love
  • Let It Be
  • The Long and Winding Road
  • Within You Without You
  • A Day in the Life
  • Here Comes The Sun

Perhaps these are my all-time favorite Beatles songs. They definitely get added to my frequent rotation of classic Beatles. But for now these would be my Beatles songs for a rainy day.

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Les Miserables – Original Broadway Cast

There’s always a debate as to which recording of Les Miserables, and which vocalists did the best rendition of certain songs… overall, I enjoy the Original Broadway Cast recording for some reason. And, partly this might have something to do with the recording quality as well as to some key performances. For me, renditions of “I Dreamed A Dream” and “Master of the House” are noteworthy. I also have the international “Symphonic” version which overall is a better performance, but I still have a liking to this one too. Then there’s the 10th Anniversary recording/video which is probably the best.

Today, I played the following:

  • I Dreamed A Dream
  • Castle on a Cloud
  • Master of the House
  • Stars
  • Do You Hear The People Sing?
  • On My Own
  • A Little Fall of Rain
  • Drink With Me
  • Bring Him Home
  • Turning
  • Empty Chairs and Empty Tables
  • Finale

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Keith Jarrett Trio – Live at the Blue Note

With Jazz an obvious interest in my life, I had to play some favorite Jazz music for a rainy day. The first set of the Keith Jarrett Trio, performing live at the Blue Note, is one of my all-time favorite “live” Jazz performances. This is deep music, and its pre-requisite is that you music listen to this a few times to (let what they are actually doing) sink in. Every time I’ve listen to this I’ve discovered something new. This music demands a lot from a listener, especially one who might have a short attention span as these songs are long and involved. But, the rewards are there for those who make the musical commitment.

  • Autumn Leaves
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Bop-Be
  • You Don’t Know What Love Is
  • When I Fall in Love

So, today… just a rest day at home. Listening to music, playing piano, and doing some chores around the house.



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

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