Global Raining

One of these -- a bit inland, mind you -- would be nice about dusk.

One of these — a bit inland, mind you — would be nice about dusk.

This day reminds me of an old TV commercial hyping the songs of Brook Benton. It aired regularly, oh, 30 or 40 years ago and was common in the days of K-Tel and Wham-O, when records weren’t strictly “old school.” (Though, to NASCAR announcers, they are all new.)

It consisted of snippets from many songs. Somehow, I’m not thinking of the song “Rainy Night in Georgia.” I’m thinking simply of the line from it, in Benton’s baritone, “I believe it’s raining all over the world.”

In the commercial, I remember that this line was followed quickly by “you gotta have a home, you gotta have a home” from “The Boll Weevil Song.”

That’s how many times I saw it. I never ordered it. At one time, though, I had all the snippets memorized in order.

It was raining hard when I awakened. I piddled around, fixed breakfast, played guitar and sipped coffee right up to 11 a.m., when my TV was automatically programmed to switch to rain at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rain is fairly likely tonight at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the Sprint All-Star Race is to be run.

If it’s raining in Minneapolis tonight (where the Boston Red Sox are), it will be raining all over, well, my world of interest.

(Oh, good, the national anthem is being sung at Indy. Drivers are wearing uniforms. That’s got to be good news.)

I’m hoping the showers are scattered like a 10-hit shutout.

About Monte

For 20 seasons, I mostly wrote about NASCAR. I'm still paying attention, but I'm spending more of my time these days writing novels and songs. I try to blog regularly on whatever happens to strike my fancy.
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3 Responses to Global Raining

  1. Carol Dahlberg says:

    50% chance of thunderstorms in Minneapolis today according to Weatherbug on my phone.

  2. Ron says:

    Interesting that you mention Brook Benton. Just listened to some of his music the other night. Today, it’s all the $19.99 trinkets, most of which are worthless…

  3. J.C. says:

    Thanks Monte…we have never met but I have followed what you wrote for ages, regarding nascar (capitals purposely NOT used)….I fell upon your blog thanks to Jayski…I remain a fan and will attempt to read each day….I especially liked what you wrote about the White Knight….while he wasn’t a “friend”, I had worked for some teams he raced with and truly appreciated his talent and humor…his death hit me VERY hard….could NOT imagine why….why he would go out that way…that is until I read the last line of your tribute to Dick….you gave me persective I hadn’t imagined….THANK YOU, Monte….I shall continue reading your blog and may even start my own…

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