Today I was having one of those days. You know the ones: nothing too earth-shatteringly wrong happened, but just mild disappointment after mild disappointment, which slowly chipped away at my good mood, so that by about 5 pm all I wanted to do was scream and kick the dog.
Don't worry, Rufus is fine.
What I did do, however, was go outside and sit on the ground, with my back against the front door. It rained all day today: Houston was getting some of the stray storm bands coming off of Tropical Storm Hermine, which was making landfall in south Texas. I sat there, listening to the rain and the cicadas beginning to wake up for the evening, enjoying the damp air. Slowly my breathing began to return to normal, and I calmed down.
And I noticed how pretty and green everything was.
So after a few minutes, I got up, went inside and grabbed my camera. But then, on the spur of the moment, I also grabbed my microphone and laptop to record the sound of the rain. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, but I figured a little bit of experimentation might restore my mood.
It did. And because it worked for me, I thought I'd share what I did with you, in the off-chance your mood needs restoring like mine did. If so, click on the triangle below, and for the next three minutes, listen to the sound of the rain and the music while you look at the photos that follow.
And while you do, please be sure to take a deep breath.
Update: Because you asked -- unfortunately, I have no idea who the guitarist is. The song is called "Rain On My Window," and I purchased it at NeoSounds.com, a great source for royalty-free music (i.e., music you can use and publish without worrying about illegally stepping all over someone's copyright). The credit is to "LynneMusic," but I don't know who that person is, or anything about him/her. It's lovely, though, isn't it?