It’s raining in Seoul, which makes everything seem bleak and depressing.

I’m sitting in my room reading and drinking my perfect cup of milk tea and I thought I could recommend some songs that fit the mood right now.

Slip – Elliot Moss

People compare songs by Elliot Moss to that of James Blake and I definitely see the similarity. I’ve loved Blake’s version of Limit to Your Love (originally by Feist) ever since a friend of mine at high school did an interpretive dance to this song. Slip has a slow beat that resonates so well with the simplistic lyrics and the beat is perfect for the current weather.

Complainte de la Butte – Rufus Wainwright

I found this song through the Moulin Rouge! (2001)ย soundtrack, and the original song by Cora Vaucaire is equally beautiful. The Rufus Wainwright version incorporates some English lyrics, which quite frankly I’m not sure if it’s good or not. La Complainte de la Butte translates as The Lament of the Butte. It’s a classic chanson with a melody that, ironically, sweeps you away from your daily laments.

Love is Here to Stay – Harry Connick Jr.

Love is Here to Stay is a popular jazz song that’s featured in various motion pictures. I know it from When Harry Met Sally… (1989) starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. I think any jazz music fits rainy days, but I chose this one because Henry Connick Jr.’s voice is so airy.

My Prayer – The Platters

My Prayer by The Platters is another song I found through motion picture soundtrack. This song was featured in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. I actually love love love this song and think it can be heard even on a sunny day. However, I chose this song because rainy days makes me want to listen to old songs and this is a classic that makes my heart flutter.

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head – BJ Thomas

This is too cliche? I couldn’t help myself from adding this to the rainy day list. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head is a classic song from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). This song is just so cheerful to listen to as it makes rain seem trivial.

Here are two lines from the song to end this post.

The blues they send to meet me won’t defeat me

It won’t be long till happiness steps up to greet me.ย 


*The featured photo was taken when I was in Vladivostok last summer. Here’s the original colorful photo without the b&w filters.

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