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Songs of Sun and Rain

#353 / Video Extra
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At this week’s rehearsal, Pamela Bowen, our manager/videographer, captured a couple more of the tunes that we are considering for inclusion in that new album we hope to start working on later this year.

And, without our intending it, the two songs she videoed just happened to share the theme of rainy days and sunny days. That’s a hoot, even if it was unplanned.

About the Songs

The first song on today’s “video extra” is The Flood’s take on Bob Dylan’s composition “Make You Feel My Love,” which debuted on Bob’s Time Out of Mind album in 1997. As we reported earlier, this tune attracted a celebrated following, with covers by Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Neil Diamond and Adele.

It also has a prominent position in “Girl from the North Country,” the Tony-award-winning musical that currently is touring the U.S. The play centers on the music and lyrics of 28 songs Dylan wrote over the past 60 years.

The second song on Pamela’s video is Randy Hamilton’s treatment of the Bobby Hebb classic, “Sunny.”

As we wrote earlier, the song that Hebb wrote on that cold November night in 1963 not only sustained his career for a lifetime, but has become one of the world’s most beloved jazzy anthems to optimism and joy. Its back story is fascinating.

About the Graphics

By the way, the graphics used throughout today’s video are products of Charlie Bowen’s new online toy. Have you heard about Google’s new ImageFX software?

ImageFX is new standalone artificial intelligence image generator that Google released three months ago as part of its AI Test Kitchen. It creates graphics from simple text phrases entered at the prompt, and it’s all free.

It’s a ball to play with. Just type in ideas for a picture and see what it comes up with. For instance, we typed in “heart drawn on a rain-streaked window” and got four variations on this:

All the pictures used to illustrate the two songs in Pamela’s video were generated by ImageFX.

But Back to the Songs….

Back to The Flood’s studio project, this will be our first new album since Paul Martin put together Speechless in 2021, and it will be the first to feature our newest Floodsters, Danny Cox and Jack Nuckols.

We’d love to have your help to planning it. Send us your suggestions — just drop an email to Charlie at designbybowen@gmail.com — and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

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Each week The 1937 Flood, West Virginia's most eclectic string band, offers a free tune from a recent rehearsal, show or jam session. Music styles range from blues and jazz to folk, hokum, ballad and old-time. All the podcasts, dating back to 2008, are archived on our website; you and use the archive for free at:
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