Pat Shingleton: "Sing A Song..."
Weather has "played" an important part in songs. Composers and lyricists have included a variety of weather situations, jargon and sound effects into popular tunes. Recent research conducted by the University of Southampton found that in more than 750 identified tunes referred to the weather. The results were published in "weather" and included 7% of the "Rolling Stones" 2011 list of the top 500 songs of all time. Bob Dylan was credited as the most frequently mentioned in weather with 163 of his 542 songs followed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Researchers also identified sunshine as the most common referenced theme, followed by rain, then blizzards and frost. Inclement weather made the list in the 1950s and 1960s when the weather was stormier compared to quieter episodes in the 1970s and 1980s. Meanwhile, Irving Berlin’s famous tune, “White Christmas,” was penned in Los Angeles. Berlin was reminiscing about holiday snowstorms that depicted a winter wonderland. This image is also conducive for Santa’s arrival via a sleigh. For that reason, many enjoy looking outside on Christmas Eve to see snow covering the landscape. In 2010 we’ve experienced two years in-a-row when snow fell in the Baton Rouge area for December. We will report where the snow will land through Christmas Day.