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I love this song. But then I love most CCR’s songs any way. I remember saying I feel spiritual listening to CCR’s and many of my students concur. What is it about this song? There are many interpretations out there but for me it is going into the very depth of every day reality…the paradox of life, the constant need to keep things in tension in life. “There’s a calm before the storm.” Linear thinking would expect the calm to remain and definitely no storms.  “Have you ever seen the rain coming down on a sunny day.” Sunny day is bright. It is just sunny. It feels nice. But then it rains when you expects a beautiful day. Have you ever stumbled upon pain when things are supposed to be bright and sunny? When everything is just looking great, suddenly you could feel the tear drops running down your face. “Where the sun is cold and the rain is hot.” And when you expect something warm, it turns out to be cold. And when you want things to cool down, the temperature rises. Such is life. Such is the reality of life. There is the ‘calm’ and there’s the ‘storm, there is a sunny day and then it rains, there are days when the sun gives you chill and the cold makes you sweat. Have you ever seen the rain coming down on a sunny day? I suppose in our mature years, we have all seen this phenomena and the person who is able to find rhythm in this song, finds what it means to live in the midst of life. I think this is what my students meant when to them this song generates a sense of spirituality.

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“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” 

Alan Wilson Watts

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing 
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.” 
Rumi

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