30 Best Loved Albums - Rainy Day Music


2007 will bring the 30th anniversary of my first rock concert (Kiss, December 2, 1977 – Metropolitan Sports Center). In honor of that momentous event I have decided to use this blog to review my 30 best loved albums. They will not be in any order or progression but I will try to review them musically and why they mean so much to me. I’ll also note if they made the Definitive 200 List. Here's number 15 on the list:

15. The Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music (2003)

Every so often the buzz or hype around an album is that the band is "getting back to its roots," releasing an album of songs like they used to in the good old days. That was definitely the buzz around U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind and seems like every new REM album has the same discussion surrounding it. It's basically a recognition by the record company that a band's recent albums sucked, were too experimental, or explored other musical genres but now the said band had seen the light and recorded new songs that certainly you will like. After the sonic explorations of Sound of Lies and the slickly commercial sound of Smile, The 2003 album Rainy Day Music promised an old school Jayhawks album, like Hollywood Town Hall.

From the Bryds-like jangly opening, the listener realizes that yes, this is the Jayhawks how I used to like them and the album enters into a comfortable, folk-rock vibe. The first half of the album is classic Jayhawks, songs about relationships with a down home country feel. Gary Louris' songwriting is top notch as is the guitar work and the classic Jayhawk harmonies. The album title says it all - this is music for a rainy day, a little slower, introspective lyrics, subdued guitars. The album loses a little steam at the end as some of the other Jayhawks try their hand at songwriting but they don't match the level of Louris. The album ends on a high note with the achingly beautiful Tampa to Tulsa and then a short acoustic version of the album's first song Stumbling Through the Dark.

As someone who has liked all the Jayhawks albums, especially the unfairly maligned Sound of Lies, Rainy Day Music was a nice coda to an apparent end of the Jayhawks. The country folk atmosphere is just perfect for background music when you need or want to kill time and this album is always played whenever I have a long road trip. As much as a "lifetime achievement award" as a recognition of it's own brilliance, Rainy Day Music has a well-earned place on my 30 best loved albums.

What's your favorite Jayhawks album?

Place on the Definitive 200: Not on the list.


Nice pick! I have always felt that this is a great album and very underrated. It also proved Tim O'Reagan is an excellent song writer. If you like Rainy Day Music, you'd like O'Reagan's solo album.

By the way, I'm glad STM has not found your site so he can rip on all of your album picks. I'm sure he hates music.

I just wanted to say that based on this review I have been listening to this album for a while. I absolutely love it. It is almost perfect. As you say, it loses a little steam towards the end, but even then I find every song to be worth listening to.

What other Jayhawks album would you suggest after this one? Do you also like Golden Smog then?

That's great Shane! Smile should definitely be on the list. I like Sound of Lies but it is a little different sound, some don't like it. Hollywood Town Hall is a classic, country-fueled album. I'd start with Smile.

Jeff T. -- What are your Jayhawk recommendations for our friend Shane?

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SAR I: abdominal umbilical
Health Keywords: abdominal fat, eliminate and prevent constipation.
abdominal umbilical is attached great importance to health experts, health care, Stimulation of abdominal umbilical rubbing, conditioning can be Yifei Gu Shen, soothe the nerves rather heart, liver and gallbladder, Tom Lee triple burner, disease prevention and fitness.
Roufu also arteriosclerosis, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, cerebrovascular disease, obesity has a good adjuvant therapy.
health approach: hands overlap, according to the navel, moderate force, while maintaining natural breathing, clockwise around the umbilical Roufu.
people for lack of exercise daily is recommended to develop in their leisure time or two-hand turn when walking beat (frequency of once per second) in the lower abdomen for 20 minutes, the abdomen can promote the role of metabolism.
DC II: ear
Health Keywords: prevention of ear frostbite to help Yang Shen.
to Chinese medicine the kidney into the ears, often rubbing ear ear frostbite can be prevented, and can play back Jianshen strong, the role of health sickness.
health methods: pulling the ear lobe. Hand index finger inside the tragus, the index finger and thumb pulling the tragus, earlobe, pulling from the inside out, approach from light to heavy, traction force is limited to not feel pain, every 3 to 5 minutes. Mount Helix
hand. Double hand fist, with thumb and forefinger to push down along the helix from Mount, until the helix congestive fever.
pulling Apex. With both hands, the thumb and index finger pinch ear tip, up pulling, rubbing, kneading, friction and 15 to 20 times, make some hot red. This method has sedative, analgesic, clear brain eyesight, fever and other effects.
SAR III: chest
Health Keywords: improve heart and lung function.
immune function of the strength of a person, to a certain extent, depends on the concentration level of thymosin on the thymus to be conditioning stimulation, can prevent cancer disease, physical sickness.
health practices: right breast with his right hand on top, fingers oblique, moderate rubbing with pushing to the left lower abdomen, back and forth rubbing touch 50; for the left hand rubbing the same way 50 times. Then, facing the middle of the chest with the palm of your hand and then rubbing back and forth up and down 50 times; can use two hands alternately tapping the chest back, each shooting 100 remaining, sooner or later do it again.
a chest rub can
DC four: back
Health Keywords: enhance immunity, anti-cold.
often scraping back the meridians and muscles, rub, hammer at, beat, can clear the meridians, An Xinan God, to help prevent colds, the other, rubbed the back of middle-aged patients with chronic diseases have a certain effect of adjuvant therapy.
health practices: the daily morning and evening rub (rub) back, beat back a hammer or the back of health (including back and neck); or take back massage therapy, such as back scraping, chiropractic, cupping and so on.

DC V: Spinal
Health Keywords: promote digestion, prevention of common spine.
Now about 70 percent of the people were usually lack the proper care of the spine leaving the SAR had a lesion. The SAR has four physical curved spine, the most prone to lesions in the neck (cervical spondylosis), and lumbar flexion (lumbar muscle strain, lumbar disc herniation).
health care approach: Children anorexia, the partial eclipse can be Jiaji massage along the spine on both sides. Every night on the spine massage therapy, Gua Sha,beats by dr dre headphones, cupping and gently pat.
in the spine, DC, acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese medicine Apitherapy, separation of the spinal nerves of the spinal cord pain and ankylosing spondylitis have a therapeutic effect. Speaking of blood

, most people feel is a very mysterious thing. Chinese medicine, the health standard is a sufficient blood. The body's organs just as people, fed up, and began to live only fresh. The blood is the organ of the
1, look at the eyes: to see the whites of the eyes actually see the colors, the saying goes Eyes wide open at all times, indicating that adequate blood; the other hand, large bags under the eyes, dry eyes, eyelids heavy, represents the lack of blood.
2, look at the skin: a trace of pink-white skin, shiny, flexible, no wrinkles, no spot behalf of blood. On the contrary, rough skin, not shiny, dark, yellow, white, blue, red, long spot represents poor health, lack of blood.
3, look at the hair: black hair, thick, supple behalf of blood, hair dry, hair, hair, yellow, white, split ends are the lack of blood.
4, see, the ears: Now, people's physical fitness is getting worse. Do not believe you go to take a closer look, it's small ears, looks more and more rigid, and shape appears to have some distortion. That children and young people are rarely able to see the rounded, fat, full of large ears. These very large ears, where more common in the elderly, indicating that the previous person's physical fitness was significantly stronger than modern man.
children to see ears to see patterns, see the adults in addition to the main form on the situation the day after tomorrow, mainly to see color, without spots, with or without pain. If you were pale pink, shiny, no spots, no wrinkles, plump the behalf of blood. The dark and dull on behalf of blood had fallen. If the ears atrophy, dry, spotted, wrinkled and more, it represents the beginning of human renal failure, you should pay attention.
5, touch the hand of the temperature: if the hands are warm throughout the year, representative enough blood, sweat, or if the palm side hot or cold hands, are the lack of blood.
6, look at the finger pulp: Whether child or adult, if the finger pulp flat, weak or thin fingers, represents lack of blood, while full of finger pulp, meat and more flexible, then the gas enough blood.
7, see the blue veins: If you see the blue veins on the adult's index finger, indicating that a child is not good digestive function, and this status has been extended to the adult. Physical weakness of these people, two blood loss. If you see the blue veins on the little finger, indicating that kidney deficiency.
If the bottom of the palm near the wrist where the lines more stripes, deep, on behalf of poor childhood nutrition, physical weakness, lack of blood. Adulthood, these women susceptible to gynecological diseases, men susceptible to prostate enlargement, gout embolism.
8, see the nail on the half-moon: Under normal circumstances, have a half-moon should be in addition to the little finger. Thumb, half-moon should account for 1/4-1/5 of the nail area, the other index finger, middle finger, ring finger should not exceed 1 / 5.
If the finger is not only a thumb on the half-moon or half moon cold description of the body weight, poor circulation, lack of blood, resulting in the peripheral blood can not get your fingers, if too many half-moon, is too large, then susceptible to hyperthyroidism, hypertension and other diseases.
9, vertical lines on fingernails look: hands appear only in adults, children do not have. When the vertical lines appear on the adult fingernail, we must be vigilant, indicating that the body two blood loss, there has been overdrawn, is a symbol of the aging body.
10, see gum: a child is not obvious, mainly adults. Gingival recession on behalf of lack of blood found in the teeth as long as the gap gets bigger, the food more easily plug in the teeth, we should note, the body has been in decline, aging is accelerated.
11, see sleep: sleep like a child if the adult fast, sleep heavy, even breathing, sleep until he woke up, that are full of blood; and difficulty falling asleep, easily frightened easy to wake up, nocturnal enuresis, deep breathing or who snore are blood loss.
12, watching sports: exercise if there is chest tightness, shortness of breath, fatigue is difficult to restore the situation on the lack of blood, and those after exercise, energy, feeling very relaxed people.

What is the fastest method of blood?
blood is eating a variety of high-nutrient broth, and black rice, corn, rice blood, made of rice paste, add into the already processed into a paste of dates, walnuts, peanuts, lotus seeds, longan , wolfberry fruit and so on. Therefore, those recovering from illness, postpartum women, the elderly, children, frail people, drink a variety of meat burned only poor beef soup, mutton soup, Zhugan, chicken soup, soup bone, tendon soup, Eat a variety of digestion and absorption of the paste directly on the health and diseases are particularly good.

What is the best food in the blood?
Simply put, as long as the stomach to eat the food digestion and absorption, is the blood, so blood on the premise that the stomach, intestinal digestion and absorption capacity, even eat is bread and water, as long as the total absorption, still blood, but eat a high-level tonic, stomach, intestinal indigestion, what is still of no use.
relatively speaking, meat, eggs, fish, these high-quality animal protein, can significantly improve the quality of the blood, more people are likely to resistance to strong, energetic.

cold food is not not eat?
not all cold food into the stomach will have a negative impact on the body, as long as the human body, matched the season to eat, can play in and, balancing effect, you can eat. Such as summer, the body sweating, and moderate eating watermelon Big Chill, it In addition to hot flashes, but also add to the body due to sweat more and lose the water, sugar, when the watermelon will be able to play in terms of body coordination role in the blood, and cold weather to eat watermelon, they easily lead to blood loss.
cold, hot food with the food, such as crabs eat Big Chill, be sure to warm nature accompanied by ginger, and crab with ginger to go in the cold, so the body will not have any injuries, crab meat is also beneficial to digestion and absorption.

black food is kidney foods?
we often see such propaganda - - black food kidney, blood, such as black sesame, black beans, black rice, black fungus, kelp, seaweed, silky and so on. Is not always the case, is the warm up, cold is diarrhea. Black rice, silky and warm, blood, kidney effect is obvious; black sesame seeds, nature, kidney, liver, intestines, hair care; black beans, flat, kidney, blood circulation, detoxification; and black fungus cool, kelp, seaweed and cold, summer can always eat, try not to eat in winter. Fill or not fill any food, be sure to look at the properties of the food, nature, food and warm all year round on the body has a tonic effect of cold, cold food, in addition to the summer, other seasons so as not to food, non-eat, they should do with the warm ginger, chili, pepper, pepper with together, so that both the food intake of specific nutrients, but also will not hurt the kidneys, Shang Wei.

cute family blood side
in the daily diet, there are a lot of blood side, interested friends, you can do it by the method described below can also be a change of pattern, more likely to eat your family.
red dates, longan, peanuts, red beans, brown sugar, ginkgo, medlar are people who eat the blood, kidney food, will they match each other, has become a very good blood therapeutic side.
dates is the most commonly used blood food, raw and hot drink is the best.
dates can also be soaked in water to drink after Chaohei iron pan, you can treat cold stomach, stomach pain, then add dried longan, is the blood and qi of tea, especially for teachers, salespersons and other high frequency of use of voice people. If coupled with 4-6 tablets of wolfberry fruit, but also the treatment of constipation, but the stool of people do not add a medlar. Drunk red dates, longan, wolfberry tea female friend, fair-skinned, good cosmetic results. Do not put more medlar, a few grains can, red dates and longan also on the line 6-8 tablets every morning after work to their own cup, not only up blood, but also eyesight, especially for long-term stay in the computer pre-workaholics.
but not fried in the wok in the hard, Chaohei red dates tea drinking is of no use, because the skin coated with the dates, nutrients can not get out, but after frying the dates, the water of a bubble , have cracked skin, which nutrients will slowly oozed.
red dates, peanuts, dried longan, together brown sugar, add water slowly in a pot stew, stew was rotten rotten, often eating, blood works well.
red dates, red beans, put together in rice porridge, red bean more easily burned bad, you can boiled red beans, red beans boiled, then add the rice, red dates with the burning, but also a blood meal.

“Where are we?”

“Room of Requirement, of course!” said Neville. “Surpassed itself, hasn’t it? The Carrows were chasing me, and I knew I had just one chance for a hideout: I managed to get through the door and this is what I found! Well, it wasn’t exactly like this when I arrived, it was a load smaller, there was only one hammock and just Gryffindor hangings. But it’s expanded as more and more of the D.A. have arrived.”

“And the Carrows can’t get in?” asked Harry, looking around for the door.

“No,” said Seamus Finnigan, whom Harry had not recognized until he spoke: Seamus’s face was bruised and puffy. “It’s a proper hideout, as long as one of us stays in here, they can’t get at us, the door won’t open. It’s all down to Neville. He really gets this room. You’ve got to ask for exactly what you need – like, ‘I don’t want any Carrow supporters to be able to get in’ – and it’ll do it for you! You’ve just got to make sure you close the loopholes. Neville’s the man!”

“It’s quite straightforward, really,” said Neville modestly. “I’d been in here about a day and a half, and getting really hungry, and wishing I could get something to eat, and that’s when the passage to Hog’s Head opened up. I went through it and met Aberforth. He’s been providing us with food, because for some reason, that’s the one thing the room doesn’t really do.”

“Yeah, well, food’s one of the five exceptions to Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration,” said Ron to general astonishment.

“So we’ve been hiding out here for nearly two weeks,” said Seamus, “and it just makes more hammocks every time we need room, and it even sprouted a pretty good bathroom once girls started turning up – ”

“ – and thought they’d quite like to wash, yes,” supplied Lavender Brown, whom Harry had not noticed until that point. Now that he looked around properly, he recognized many familiar faces. Both Patil twins were there, as were Terry Boot, Ernie Macmillan, Anthony Goldstein Beats Pro, and Michael Corner.

“Tell us what you’ve been up to, though,” said Ernie. “There’ve been so many rumors, we’ve been trying to keep up with you on Potterwatch.” He pointed at the wireless. “You didn’t break into Gringotts?”

“They did!” said Neville. “And the dragon’s true too!”

There was a smattering of applause and a few whoops; Ron took a bow.

“What were you after?” asked Seamus eagerly.

Before any of them could parry the question with one of their own, Harry felt a terrible, scorching pain in the lightning scar. As he turned his back hastily on the curious and delighted faces, the Room of Requirement vanished, and he was standing inside a ruined stone shack, and the rotting floorboards were ripped apart at his feet, a disinterred golden box lay open and empty beside the hole, and Voldemort’s scream of fury vibrated inside his head.

With an enormous effort he pulled out of Voldemort’s mind again, back to where he stood, swaying cheap beats by dre, in the Room of Requirement, sweat pouring from his face and Ron holding him up.

“Are you all right, Harry?” Neville was saying. “What to sit down? I expect you’re tired, aren’t –?”

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