Sunrise, Moonrise, Lorelai or something

I had one of those sleepless nights yesterday that seem to happen more and more often. Sometimes I can still my busy mind, listen to the sound of my breath and go back to sleep. Yesterday wasn’t one of those times. My mind kept thought-hopping until it finally latched onto and tenaciously clung to the melody and lyrics of a song from the 70s. The problem was I didn’t know the title and could only remember a few of the lyrics. I thought it was by a Canadian rock band named Chilliwack but even that tidbit came to me in a round-about way.

Earlier this week we had a heavy rainstorm. I sat on the front porch and listened to the rain fall fiercely, drops bouncing off the pavement, water gushing from the gutters like an angry, rushing brook. After a long, hot spell, the storm was welcome – even soothing – and the lyrics of an old song came to mind: “Rain-oh rain-oh, fall upon the earth again and make it good…”.

I didn’t think much of it then, but during my sleepless night, I decided to find the song title and band. I grabbed my tablet from my bedside table and googled the lyrics.  (Never mind that excess screen time is probably why I was having trouble sleeping in the first place.) The answer popped up right away:  The song was called “Raino” and I was right – it was by Chilliwack and they were a Canadian rock band. I thought they might have performed the song at Woodstock, so I googled “Woodstock lineup”.  And that’s when I fell down the rabbit hole.  

I landed on a site that listed all the musicians and the titles of the songs they performed at the concert.  And what a line up it was! I couldn’t resist finding and watching videos of some of my favourites:  The great Joe Cocker, grimaces, spasms and all – singing “With a Little Help from my Friends”, or, as he called it in his intro, “With a Little Help from Me Friends.”  Santana doing “Your Evil Ways”.  Janis Joplin performed one of my all-time favourites – Piece of My Heart.  And, of course, Jimi Hendrix’s infamous Purple Haze and the Star Spangled Banner.  More than an hour had passed before I remembered that I had come to the site to see if Chilliwack had performed at Woodstock. They hadn’t.

Then, for no good reason, bits of another Chilliwack song started to play in my head. Again, I couldn’t remember the title and I had only a few stray lyrics. Sunrise or moonrise maybe? So I googled those combined with Chilliwack. Nothing.  I remembered a  reference to “Lorelai” in the song so I tried that. No luck.  I knew that if I called my friend, Mike, he would know the name of the song right away. But it was 3 am. I don’t think he or his wife would have appreciated a call with me on the line saying, “Hey Mike, remember that song we used to listen to when we were kids?  It’s about a sunrise or a moonrise or Lorelai or something?” My friend Mike is nice, but not that nice. Nobody is that nice.

Finally, I gave up, put down the tablet , turned out the light and tossed and turned for a while before falling asleep. But not for long. I woke again at 5 am with the song still looped in my head. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it earlier, but I went to the Chilliwack band page on Wikipedia and there it was: “Sundown”. Not sunrise, not moonrise. Sundown!  You know, of course, what happened next. I found a version of the song on YouTube and listened to it. The sound wasn’t great, but I wasn’t disappointed. It was worth the search.

There is a haunting flute reminiscent of Jethro Tull. There is a refrain where the singers chant “Eve-Eve-Evening”  that recalls the soft beating of drums in indigenous music.  It wasn’t one of Chilliwack’s better known songs, but I like it a lot. Now, I only hope tonight I won’t have any elusive songs keeping me awake.

17 thoughts on “Sunrise, Moonrise, Lorelai or something

  1. This is so weird but I was singing the exact same song – Raino – the other day – probably the same day! I even downloaded it on Spotify and shared it with Mike and Benny.
    And of course I had to listen to the other tunes from that album such as Sundown.
    Funny but apart from Raino the others just don’t sound as good as they did back then. I guess my musical tastes have changed. Don’t think I could listen to Purple Haze in its entirety today but back then….
    And btw you should have called me… even at 3am.! Lol!

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    • Nino, Even though Chilliwack doesn’t sound as good as when we were young listening to it in your basement, it still drums up quite a bit of nostalgia. (No pun intended!) Especially their Greatest Hits album!

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  2. I love this because I am an occasional insomniac & because you mentioned some songs & artists that are dear to my heart … Janis Joplin in particular. Since I was a child, most mornings I wake up singing a song in my head … sometimes a hymn … sometimes a popular song … sometimes Janis Joplin. I wake up singing in my mind on good mornings & even on mornings when I am sick. My mom told me not to question it but to be glad that even on the worst days there’s a song somewhere in them. Thank you, too, for this trip down Memory Lane.

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    • Waking up to a song sounds like a wonderful way to start the day! (Janis Joplin is one of my favourite artists too. I often wonder if she would have found more peace and happiness had she lived.)

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      • It was a tumultuous time. I believe she would have eventually come out of the positive end of her tunnel but think it probably would have gotten worse before getting better. And of course it did. I would have loved seeing her achieve her full potential as an artist, respected for her amazing body of work. Kozmic Blues is my favorite album.

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  3. You may need to unplug if you want to get any sleep. (This is coming from someone who has plunged quite deep into the rabbit hole of the internet and knows of what she speaks.) Do as I say, not as a do, basically. Good luck.

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    • Until this week, I worked from home during the pandemic, so less travel time = more screen time. The library was closed so I read books on my tablet. Again, more screen time. Add to that blogging and just regular social media and it’s way too much screen time. Aiming to fix that starting today!

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      • When I go camping and lack access to any digital or WiFi options, it takes me a full day before I stop checking everything a thousand times. I highly recommend camping up north in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula if you want to feel total immersion in the long-ago times before the internet existed. Bring bear mace, just to be safe.

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  4. Those endlessly repeating songs and the rabbit hole of our devices in the middle of the night are familiar to many of us! I smiled to myself as I read along with your particular rabbit hole. You brought it to life, Linda. It’s more fun to read about it before bed than to be experiencing it in the middle of the night!

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  5. Oh my Linda! You sure did bring me down memory lane! And I know all about falling down the rabbit hole of internet at ridiculous times of the day or night! (Btw, you can send me a message (maybe not a call) at 3 a.m anytime, and I will most likely be awake to respond!! LoL)

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  6. I was stuck in Algonguin Provincial Park during Woodstock (Pog Lake) Our VW bus had crashed and I spent about six weeks in the woods waiting for the insurance claim to be settled. So I am not among the billions who claim to have been there. But in those days I was more Gordon Lightfoot, and Ian and Sylvia fan. Never got exposed to Chilliwack but suspect that my buds in Boston would have appreciated them quite a bit. Thanks for, as we said in the day, “turning me on to them.”

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  7. Worse yet I got curious about the name and ended up reading about the town, not the band. I have traveled in much of B.C. and thought the name was familiar as a place, not a band, and it was.

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  8. Chilliwack is new to me, but I can see how that one could get stuck in your head. Some musical eras can run for years, but there is something about rock music from 1969-71 that is quite unlike what came before or after it.

    As one who suffers terribly from these kinds of earworms (though I have a different bunch of records in the mental jukebox) I understand your insomnia completely.

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