“Drive South, Along the Canyon” - Bobby Previte, Set the Alarm for Monday:
I love the atmosphere of this one. It’s also a good night-drive tune if you want to be more literal, but a rainy day is my preference since I love rain and hate driving.
“After the Rain” - Mike LeDonne, Early Trane:
If you listen to CapRadio’s news station you’ll recognize this track as one of the background songs I use for announcements. Good for dispersing information AND for relaxing. You don’t find that too much.
“Naked As We Came” - Sachal Vasandani, Eyes Wide Open:
Blame this guy for global warming - his voice will melt Antarctica. His more recent album, Hi-Fly, is also a good one, but I always come back to this track off his debut.
“Skating” - Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas:
This one deals with ice more than rain, but you get the picture. It still works. Funny thing, this soundtrack almost wasn’t (which makes it even more valuable).
“I Get Along Without You Very Well” - Luciana Souza, The Book of Chet:
Chet Baker wasn’t known for being the most ornamented of singers and Souza makes her arrangement of this heartbreaker even sparer. Perfect for staring out at a slow, steady rain.