Sunday, February 27, 2011

No rain for us, please. We're driving

There was an ironic moment during our rather harrowing trip from DAVENPORT to DUBUQUE last night.
Shortly after waiting out a nearly hour-long road closure and then passing the shocking car accident scene that precipitated the accident, the CANADIAN PLAYLIST on the iPod served up THE COUGARS and their cover version of "I WISH IT WOULD RAIN."

It was a late afternoon of FREEZING RAIN that had turned our hour trip home into a nearly two-and-a-half-hour ordeal. The absolutely last thing we wanted was more rain and more of the dangerous travel conditions it can cause during winter.

We had exited Davenport North High School and a dance competition featuring ANNIKA and her Xtreme Dance team, surprised when we nearly skidded out the door. All the surfaces in the school parking lot had been coated in thin ice.

I imagine The Cougars faced their own moments of icy travel. Formed by Jamaican immigrants in Toronto, the R&B combo spent much of the late 60s and early 70s on the road -- primarily in Ontario and Québec. Surely, some of those trips to Montréal would have been icy adventures as well.

Cougar vocalists Jay Douglas and Jackie Richardson remained in show business after the demise of The Cougars. I'm sure they appreciated the irony of their rainy cover version, too.