Singing in the Rain

 

singing in the rain poster

Good evening crafty people. Though it was a gloomy and overcast day for folks in the ‘ville, RAIN was the forecast for Three Cats Crafts.

By that, I mean, the celebration of rain. I love fun facts and rain was the running theme for today. On this day in 1952, the “musical” was born and became a part of film history. Singing in the Rain, a modest American musical-romantic-comedy when it premiered at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, has become a classic in musical films.

Starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, the film offered a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920’s; a time when film was transitioning from silent to “talkies.” Many regard it as the best film musical ever. It is certainly one of my favorites. In 1989, when my son was born, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry.

I remember when there were only four channels on television and every so often, one of them would offer this musical gem. My mom never missed the airing and I wasthere to watch it with her. I loved musicals as a kid. (Secretly wanted to be a singing/dancing star at age nine.) My mom loved Debbie Reynolds, especially her character “Tammy.”

Speaking of singing in the rain, do you know which singer/songwriter, born on this day in 1970, can also be seen ‘singing in the rain’ and about it, too. Non other than, Mariah Carey singing Through The Rain. It’s an inspirational ballad about overcoming diversity and hardship; and believing in yourself and faith. The video was based on Carey’s parents, Alfred Carey and Patricia Carey, and the song lyrics are simply beautiful.

When you get caught in the rain with no where to run
When you’re distraught and in pain without anyone

And you feel so far away
That you just can’t find your way home
You can get there alone
It’s okay, what you say
I can make it through the rain
I can stand up once again on my own
And I know that I’m strong enough to mend
And every time I feel afraid I hold tighter to my faith
And I live one more day and I make it through the rain
And if you keep falling down don’t you dare give in
You will arise safe and sound, so keep pressing on steadfastly
And you’ll find what you need to prevail
What you say is

I can make it through the rain
I can stand up once again on my own
And I know that I’m strong enough to mend
And every time I feel afraid I hold tighter to my faith
And I live one more day and I make it through the rain

And when the rain blows,and as shadows grow close don’t be afraid
There’s nothing you can’t face
And should they tell you you’ll never pull through
Don’t hesitate, stand tall and say…

A lot of people don’t like rainy days, but I do. Rainy days are great relaxing time to do something for yourself or an opportunity spend quality time with the ones you love, like kids. My favorite way to pass a rainy day is crafting or creating anything. My children loved to create when they were young. Come to think of it, each one still loves to create in some form or another to this day.

3d-umbrella-rainy-day-craft-for-kids

Michelle at Crafty Morning has an adorable 3D greetings card, easy for any age, that is perfect for brightening someone’s rainy day. Depending on skill level, this card can go from a great design for pre-school and elementary kids to a work of art from someone who has real artistic talent. The finished project would make a wonderful ‘any occasions’ card for grandparents, friends and neibhors or anyone who might be feeling gloomy or a little rained on (let down). Put out the umbrella to show you care.
If the sound of falling rain on a tin roof is your thing, then making a rain stick might be what you need to do (or visit any one of the four camp-meetings in Dorchester County, SC). Rain sticks are fun to make and nice to play with and listen to. My girls had a plastic one, and even I love to tilt it back and forth to hear the rice and beads falling. You can use the finished product to teach young children many lessons about weather, culture, sound and, completing a project. Here are two examples:

rain stick supplies

Jackie at Happy Hooligans has a kid-friendly version (feature photo) that uses items found at home and she has links to other info, with cultural facts included. While over at Developmental Community Music, a rain stick made from PVC pipe is joined by several other homemade musical instruments. Let’s start a band, y’all.

So, whether you like singing in the rain, playing in the rain or simply enjoying the sound of the rain, make your next gloomy day bright with a rainy-day craft. And, even though it wasn’t wet outside my window, I loved playing in the rain on TCC. Get your feel wet, leave a comment and I’ll see you at the next post.

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