rain

There are perhaps dozens of words for “rain” in a language of any culture that experiences much and varying rain. I am originally from Hamburg in Germanys north. There the people use to say: as long as the rain does not come from the bottom up the weather is good. The people in Hamburg may have one of the broadest linguistical portfolios for rain. Rain stands for life. Although rain can turn into a severe and lethal phenomenon – communities seem to observe this more and more often. Rain has a mathematical character – it can be predicted, measured and it has structures and patterns that enable explanation in models and graphs. Beside that rain has a mythological meaning – the rain god is praised in not just one culture, ceremonies, dances and songs want the rain to come. It stands for fertility and a good harvest. Since I can remember I love rain and it’s sound – above all when it’s surging and then coming down heavily. The sound I hear during this phenomenon is somehow captured in Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” to perfection – virtuosically performed in a modern dance choreography from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, called “Rain”.