One thing we all share no matter where we live is weather. It affects our lives like nothing else in our environment. It's not surprising then that weather can be as common a muse as any, whether it's the physical activity in our atmosphere we're talking about or the imagery and symbolism it provides.
Common themes - rain, sunshine, and clouds - are often used to evoke the moods we express through music. "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers, for example, expresses sadness at being alone through the weather. "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head," the classic song from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, illustrates the way the weather can help us all relate to something - in this case, the feeling of a slump you can't get out of.
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The sun can be an equally powerful metaphor. "Here Comes the Sun" may be one of the Beatles' most recognized songs in their catalog. It's an uplifting, optimistic tune celebrating the new day. And any number of songs evoke the sun to capture that summer feeling. Weezer, for one, never did this more effectively than with the irresistible "Island in the Sun."
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On this Music Monday, as we keep an eye on the Gulf of Mexico, where Tropical Storm Isaac is already having an impact, we've got weather on our brains. Have a listen to our favorite weather-themed (however loosely) songs on Spotify. Then tell us in the comments: What weather songs do you love?
Here's how you can share your favorite weather song with us:
- Tell us in the comments. Make sure to include the name of the artist and the song so we can be certain to find it.
- Tweet us your song choice @mashableHQ and use the hashtag #MusicMonday. If you send us a Spotify link, we'll give it a listen and add some of our favorites
- To grab a Spotify link, control-click on any song in Spotify and "Copy HTTP link."
- If you're not a Spotify user, you can still send us a link to wherever the track is hosted, and we'll do our best to listen.
This story originally published on Mashable here.